Annie Favia first encountered this special “South Hill” of Rancho Chimiles when she worked for Pahlmeyer; it’s one of the greatest sites for Cabernet Franc in the Napa Valley, with 40 year old vines that absolutely shine in this wine. Violets, crushed stone, red plums galore. Galloni called it “gorgeous. Dark, supple and inviting, the 2015 is super expressive today. Cedar, smoke, mocha and savory herbs abound in this powerful, savory Cabernet Franc-based blend.”
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.
The 2015 Cerro Sur is gorgeous. Dark, supple and inviting, the 2015 is super expressive today. Cedar, smoke, mocha and savory herbs abound in this powerful, savory Cabernet Franc-based blend from Andy Erickson and Annie Favia. Cerro Sur is a blend of Cabernet Franc from Rancho Chimiles and Cabernet Sauvignon from Meteor, both in Coombsville. The 2015 is naturally quite young at this stage. Give it a few years for the tannins to soften.
Focused and tight with fantastic density and focus. Full-bodied and salivating. Firm and focused tannins. Yet, long and linear at the same time. 85% cabernet franc. Give it three to four years to come together