Is this the best wine in the lineup? 94 points seems so conservative for this beauty. Here come the dizzying complexities: earthy, chocolaty boysenberry, chocolate covered cherries, anise, and even a hint of dusty carob. Incredibly pure and seamless, this is flat-out brilliant Cabernet Sauvignon that is open for business right now, Jack!
You simply can’t make great wine without great grapes. Viticulturist Annie Favia learned this firsthand working for David Abreu for many years. Working with Abreu, she helped to plant Screaming Eagle. And of course this was after she studied winemaking with the likes of John Kongsgaard and Cathy Corison. Annie’s husband, Andy Erickson, is one of the most accomplished winemakers working in Napa right now. A valley resident since 1994, and a full time consultant since 2011, Erickson is currently leading the revitalization of Mayacamas Vineyards, and has worked for no less than Screaming Eagle, Harlan, Staglin, Dalla Valle, and Arietta. That’s about as good as an American winemaker’s resume can get. It’s hard to think of a more accomplished dream team working in the Valley right now. And they’re under one roof at their historic family home and cellar in Coombsville. Annie and Andy produce flawless, exquisitely crafted wines that are sold primarily to their mailing list and to restaurants.
A graceful youngster, rich without being weighty, focused on deep blackberry, licorice, cedary oak, sage and underbrush notes. Ends with chewy, grippy tannins that give traction to the flavors. Drink now through 2030. 285 cases made
Their 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon from Coombsville is a beauty. Flowery blueberry and blackcurrant fruit soar from the glass of this deep ruby/purple wine. Suave, gentle tannins caress the palate of this medium to full-bodied, elegant, complex and stylish Cabernet Sauvignon. The minerality often seen in Coombsville sites has not yet emerged, but it has beautiful fruit, full body, and is built without any rough edges or flaws. This is a sexy, lush, almost Right Bank-inspired Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 15 or so years.