2015 Farella Estate Coombsville Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1429215 95 points Vinous

 Farella's 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is super-polished, elegant and refined. Bright floral/savory notes and silky tannins add complexity to a core of blue and purplish berry fruit in this expressive, wonderfully nuanced Cabernet. All the elements fall into place. Quite simply, this is a stunning wine, especially within the context of the year. Drink through 2030. (AG)  (12/2018)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Dark and winey, with steeped black currant, fig and blackberry fruit flavors, inlaid liberally with smoldering charcoal and sweet tobacco notes. Anise and tar details score the finish, adding length and range to the depth and energy. Best from 2021 through 2035. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 257 cases made. (JM)  (6/2019)

93 points James Suckling

 In spite of its excellent ripeness, offering the whole spectrum of black-fruit aromas, as well as generous, supple tannins, this Napa red retains poise and the delicate hint of sweetness is just enough to make it caressing on the palate. Long, polished finish. Drink or hold.  (2/2019)

K&L Notes

Winery note: "The 2015 vintage was the third in a string of remarkable vintages. Smaller fruit sets brought on by a fifth year of drought yielded small tight clusters with thick skins. The 2015s from Farella are dark and full of power, with high acid and high tannic structure and a promise to age for decades. Wine Details: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from our estate vineyard in the heart of the Coombsville AVA. The Cabernet components are from our Old Vine, Rockpile and TBud blocks which are positioned on a fairly steep slope facing due west. For the moderate temperatures of Coombsville, the exposure to the late afternoon sun, a key to the inherent richness and slow development of color & tannin. Vines age from 22-39 years. Cases produced: 257."

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By: Ryan Kewin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2019 | Send Email
This lovely Coombsville Cabernet has great aromas of violets and cassis. On the pallet I get blue and black fruit, licorice and dark chocolate. This wine has great structure and texture with grippy tannin and a long lasting finish.

By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2019 | Send Email
This is a deep, dark, heavy Cabernet fit for your next Goth party with a nose of intense baking spice, black fruit, and heady floral aromatics. The palate smacks of blueberry, bramble berries, graphite, spicebox, and strong tannic grip. Beautiful and focused, with 95 points from Vinous.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/8/2019 | Send Email
This is dynamite Cabernet by any measure. A perfectly struck balance of power and precision. This beautiful wine from Farella combines the richness and concentration of Napa Valley with the freshness, structure and length of great Paulliac. Coming from the oldest Cabernet vines in the area (planted in the late 1970s) and from one of the cooler sub-regions of Napa, this is highly aromatic wine with crushed violets, blue fruit, cassis, pencil shavings, graphite and sandalwood. Medium plus bodied but long and linear rather than thick and broad. No excessive extraction or jamminess here; the mouthfeel is akin to polished, modern Bordeaux. A powerful, structured wine with great ageing potential, purity and poise. Very serious wine...one I hope others in the valley can emulate...this is Napa Cab done very well - bravo!
Top Value! Drink from 2021 to 2041

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.8