(2013 Vintage) The history of Freemark Abbey began in 1886, when Josephine Marlin Tychson became the first woman to build and operate a winery in California. The historic site where Josephine's winery, Tychson Cellars, once stood is now known as Freemark Abbey. Josephine, a native of San Lorenzo, California and her husband, John Tychson, a Danish immigrant, moved to St. Helena in 1881. For $8,500, they purchased 147 acres north of St. Helena, which later became known as "Tychson Hill". In the years that followed, Freemark Abbey went through a period of several different owners until 1966, when a group of partners purchased the winery. In 1993, Winemaker Ted Edwards became a partner. Edwards assumed the role of managing partner in addition to maintaining the responsibilities he has held as winemaker since 1985.
Wine Spectator"Many of us feel that this release by Freemark Abbey rivals last year Cabernet that was included on Wine Spectators Top 100 Wines of the Year list. Freemark Abbey, long known for their exceptional Cabernets, has long been known as a winery that takes special care in selecting and producing their wine . . . and they are awarded well for it . . . Last year’s regular Cabernet earned a 91 point score from the Wine Spectator. One of the great boutique wineries in all of California, the 1998 offering i...