• Producer: Realm Cellars - read about the Estate
  • Winemaker: Benoit Touquette
  • Region (AVA): Napa (Coombsville)
  • Blend: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot
  • Vintage production: 500 cases
  • Winery location: Stags Leap District
  • Owner: Scott Becker (Managing Partner)
  • First vintage: 2003
  • Drinking window: 2024-2050+


About The Wine:


Tucked up against the southern Vaca Mountain range in Napa’s Coombsville AVA, Farella Vineyard features layers of volcanic tufa, red decomposed rock and ashy deposits from ancient landslides, vast geologic episodes that literally turned this vineyard on its head.


Realm discovered the site in 2003 when the owners, Frank and Tom Farella, placed an ad in Wine Country Classifieds announcing the availability of Cabernet Sauvignon that had previously gone to Opus One. Juan was knocking on the Farella’s door the same day and immediately fell in love with the site, and Farella has been part of the portfolio ever since.


The fruit for Farella comes from a high point in the vineyard, a block that Tom Farella refers to as “rockpile” because of the preponderance of stone and gravel in the soil. This block is bathed in afternoon sunlight during the growing season, and the wine – concentrated and beautifully-structured --consistently shows a mix of red and black fruits with spice and mineral overtones.


Realm Cellars Farella Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

  • "Realm took over the management of Farella vineyard in 2018. Since then, winemaker Benoit Touquette explained their focus has been to open out the canopy, creating better exposure for the fruit, aiming to achieve riper tannins. A blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Merlot, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Farella Vineyard has a deep garnet-purple color and a powerful, expressive nose of baked plums, juicy blackberries and blackcurrant pastilles, plus touches of black olives, lavender and cinnamon stick, with a waft of fragrant earth. The full-bodied palate is seriously dense and muscular, featuring a rock-solid foundation of super ripe, grainy tannins and bold freshness, finishing with epic length and energy. A spectacular showing for Farella!"

    98+ points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (The Wine Advocate, Sept. 2021)