Gravelly soils and proximity to the San Pablo Bay deliver an impressive level of concentration and depth. The high notes on this wine are nourished by a vivid undertone of power, like the opening of a Fugue played on a cathedral organ early in the morning. Antonio Galloni says, “Medium in body and yet full of bold flavors, the 2016 has so much to offer. Today it is deep, vivid and supremely balanced” Buy a bottle of the Oakville and this to see how distinct the different parts of Napa truly are.
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.
This sneaks up on you due to the pure focus, with blueberry, açaí berry and plum fruit cruising through on a rock-steady beat, flanked by apple wood and licorice notes inlaid along the edges. A lovely floral accent weaves through at the very end. Seriously long. Best from 2022 through 2038.