Rudius Farella Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Bright red raspberry and bing cherry explode on your palate, while a refreshing acidity keeps this Cabernet firmly grounded in south Napa. And though this alluringly plush entry may fool you, the silky structure, defined by warm vanilla and licorice spice, and hints of fragrant evergreen tells you that this is a Cabernet for the ages. Many New World wines are made to impress upon release but this is not that wine. While it may hide the best of itself from you now, the Farella Cab will stand out among its peers 12-15 years, as it truly comes into its own.
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
Wine AdvocateDeep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Farella Vineyard (all clone 4 from the top, rockiest part of the vineyard) charges out of the gate with crushed blackberries, wild blueberries and warm redcurrants with suggestions of bay leaves, camphor, tobacco and fertile loam plus a waft of cedar chest. Full-bodied with a built-like-a-brick-house frame of grainy tannins and great freshness, if finishes with black fruit layers and a compelling herbal lift. 160 cases were made.
James SucklingI like the chocolate, stone and currant character here. Medium to full body, silky tannins and a long and flavorful finish. A beauty. Tension and focus here. Drink in 2019.
Jeb DunnuckFrom a site in Coombsville, in the cooler southern end of Napa Valley, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Farella Vineyard offers a deep, more mineral-laced style with terrific notes of black (and some blue) fruits, scorched earth, spring flowers, dark chocolate, and graphite. With medium to full-bodied richness, building tannin, notable yet integrated acidity, and a big finish, it’s a beautifully pure Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that’s going to benefit from short-term cellaring and keep for 15-20 years. 93+ points
Wine SpectatorWeaves together a supple array of loamy, dusty earth, dried berry, juicy plum and toasty, cedary oak, making for a tasty mouthful, with touches of mint and bay leaf emerging on the finish. Best from 2018 through 2032. 180 cases made.