2018 Favia 'Carbone' Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

$74.95
(Net Item - no discounts apply)

The 2018 starts with 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, then brings in 24% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Favis began with a Cab Franc obsession, and Andy Erickson’s passion for the varietal carries the Cabernet Sauvignon to intriguing new depths of richness and spice. Endless layers of aromatic and textural complexity deliver a drawn-out experience worth a long, slow savoring. If you’re looking for a drop-dead-gorgeous Cab that doesn’t cost a small fortune, you can’t go wrong with Favia’s Carbone label.

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.

Varietal:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker:
Andy Erickson
Vintage:
2018
Appellation:
Napa Valley
Total Varietal Composition %:
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot
SKU #:
1049180
Size:
750 ml Bottle
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Jeb Dunnuck

Readers looking for a killer Cabernet that won’t break the bank should check out the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Carbone from Favia. This dense purple-hued beauty boasts classic cassis and blueberry-like fruit intermixed with lots of tobacco, lead pencil shavings, violets, and spring flower nuances. These carry to a medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced, elegant Cabernet with a great mid-palate and the class to evolve for 10-15 years. It’s well worth seeking out.