- Producer: Favia - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Andy Erickson
- Region (AVA): Napa Valley (Napa Valley)
- Blend: 61% Cabernet Franc, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot
- Vintage production: 500 cases
- Winery location: Coombsville
- Owners: Annie Favia Erickson & Andy Erickson
- First vintage: 2015
- Drinking window: 2019-2031
About The Wine
In the early days of Napa Valley viticulture, three brothers settled in what is now known as Coombsville. Antonio, Lorenzo, and Nicola Carbone were the first Italian immigrants to inhabit this quiet, rolling area east of the city of Napa, cultivating their first crops in 1872. They planted grapes on the hillsides, and on the farm around their homestead, they planted fruits and vegetables in abundance. By 1886, they had constructed at least one residence, as well as a stone cellar that still remains. The property became known as the Antonio Carbone Winery and Italian Gardens.
Annie and Andy consider themselves incredibly lucky to have painstakingly restored the old residences, winery, orchards and gardens, and now call this home for their family and for Favia Wines. Drawing from the same vineyard blocks they’ve worked with for nearly fifteen years, they are honing our craft with each season, and could not be closer to the wines than they are now, living above the barrel cellar.
With a nod to the past, and with an eye toward continuing their story, Favia are incredibly happy to release the second vintage of “Carbone,” a wine that celebrates the history and promise of this property. The 2016 vintage is a blend of 61% Cabernet Franc, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 11% Petit Verdot. The wine is a dark, inky black-purple colour, with great purity of fruit and an amazing depth of character. On the nose are aromatics of fresh berries, clove, baking spices, as well as dried flowers and a hint of toasted oak. The wine has a mouth-filling structure and ample acidity and will certainly age for two decades or more. That being said, it is very enjoyable immediately, and should indeed be, with gusto!
Favia Carbone Red Wine 2016
"The 2016 Carbone is flat-out gorgeous. Pliant, succulent and inviting, the 2016 has so much to offer. Blackberry jam, grilled herbs, mocha and espresso are front and center in Favia's entry-level red. Supple fruit and silky tannins add to the wine's considerable finesse. In a word: terrific."
93 points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous, Dec. 2018)
"Only the second vintage for this cuvée, the 2016 Carbone is made with the intent to be more approachable and ready to go. A blend of 61% Cabernet Franc, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Petit Verdot, this incredibly charming, medium to full-bodied effort has impressive notes of blueberries, earth, and tobacco leaf. It’s ideal for readers looking to understand the style of this estate."
93 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Jan. 2019)