- Producer: Favia - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Andy Erickson
- Region (AVA): Napa Valley (Coombsville)
- Blend: 100% Chardonnay
- Vintage production: 634 cases
- Winery location: Coombsville
- Owners: Annie Favia Erickson & Andy Erickson
- First vintage: 2018
- Drinking window: 2019-2029
About The Wine
The inaugural vintage of the Favia “Carbone” Chardonnay has quickly become Annie and Andy's “house white,” a constant favorite at the table when gathering with friends and family. Produced from thirty-year-old vines planted just behind their historic winery in Coombsville, this wine possesses all of the energy, purity and freshness that this noble variety has to offer when it is at its best.
With a pale lemon hue glinting with gold on the meniscus, the nose runs the gamut from white-petaled flowers, apples and pears, to citrus peel, piecrust and clotted cream. The palate is replete with notes of lemon curd, tarte Tatin, marzipan and just a hint of fennel. Its creamy texture is balanced with bright acid and lingers on the finish to create full-bodied yet refreshing experience.
This wine will continue to unfold and gain complexity with time in the bottle. The only problem is that it’s so inviting today, we might never see that time come!
Favia Carbone Chardonnay Coombsville 2018
"Coming from the old vines beside the estate and the first release for the cuvée, the 2018 Chardonnay Carbone was barrel fermented (no malolactic) and aged roughly 10 months in 20% new French oak. A Chablis-like nose of lemon curd, salted citrus, tart pineapple, and sappy white flower notes all just jump from the glass, and it's racy and vibrant on the palate, with more salinity, yet still packs plenty of richness and depth.”
94 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Jan. 2020)
"Stones and sliced cooked apples with straw and green-melon undertones. Full-bodied, tight and chewy. Extremely dense, yet bright. No malo gives it the edge. Tastes like traditional Chablis. Yes. Drink or hold.”
94 points, James Suckling (Feb. 2020)
"The 2018 Carbone Chardonnay is a gorgeous and compelling wine. Thirty years old vines yield a Chardonnay of real phenolic intensity and distinction, qualities that are further enhanced by the blocked malolactic fermentation. Lemon peel, mint and jasmine are some of the notes that pulse through this distinctive, totally beguiling Chardonnay from Favia.”
92 points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous, Jan. 2020)