There is nothing more invigorating than the element of surprise, and our 2013 Farella Cabernet is nothing if not unpredictable. Painstakingly managed and expertly farmed, this vineyard always yields an elite Napa Cabernet, but Farella's unique location in the valley lends a marked complexity to this wine that sets it apart from the rest of the wines in our cellar. Tucked away in a southernly corner of the eastern hills, this vineyard's character is defined by the fog-dominated mornings and long, sun-drenched afternoons it experiences. 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.
Wine AdvocateFrom the southern high-elevation AVA of Coombsville, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Farella Vineyard is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a much more earthy, mineral-laced wine with high tannin, medium to full body, plenty of red and black fruits, an underlying note of unsmoked cigar tobacco, underbrush and wood. Give it 2-3 years of bottle age and drink over the following 15-20 years.
Wine SpectatorVery complete, spicy and earthy, with a dusty, cedary edge to the dried currant and blackberry notes, ending with tannins that show an oak extract. Drink now through 2026. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 125 cases made.