- Producer: Favia - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Andy Erickson
- Region (AVA): Napa Valley (Napa Valley)
- Blend: 78% Cabernet Franc, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Vintage production: 362 cases
- Winery location: Coombsville
- Owners: Annie Favia Erickson & Andy Erickson
- First vintage: 2003
- Drinking window: 2019-2039
About The Wine
The fruit for Favia’s Cerro Sur comes from a breathtaking, mountaintop block of Cabernet Franc planted nearly 40 years ago on the famed Rancho Chimiles, high in the Vaca Mountains.
Having produced this wine for more than a decade, Annie and Andy can confidently say that this is truly a wine from a very special terroir. The vines consistently produce wines of power, energy, balance and complexity.
A long maceration on the skins, minimal racking, barrel aging for 22 months in French oak, and bottling without filtration or fining, help to capture the many nuances of this special wine.
The 2016 Cerro Sur is downright gorgeous. The brilliance of its red-purple color is matched by the brightness and effusiveness of the aromas coming from the glass. Blueberry, clove, gravel, and cedar linger and follow through to the palate. There is a coolness on the palate, a combination of power and finesse, with flavors of licorice, blackberry, espresso and cherry. The wine is long and layered and should age beautifully for 20+ years.
Favia Cerro Sur Red Wine 2016
"A step up over the 2015, the 2016 Cerro Sur is 78% Cabernet Franc and 22% Cabernet Sauvignon. Another seamless wine from Erickson, it offers awesome Cabernet Franc notes of forest floor, tobacco leaf, chocolate, and earth as well as copious amounts of cassis and darker berry fruits. It’s full-bodied, layered, elegant, and ultra-pure, and has another two decades of longevity."
97 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Jan. 2019)