- Producer: Realm Cellars - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Benoit Toquette
- Region (AVA): Napa (Coombsville)
- Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Vintage production: n/a
- Winery location: Stags Leap District
- Owner: Juan Mercardo (Founder)
- First vintage: 2003
- Drinking window: 2022-2050
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. Farella is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, comprising Clones 4 and 8.
Realm Cellars Farella Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
"Intense aromas of licorice, blackberries and tar follow through to a full body, firm and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Turns spicy, including red pepper and cayenne."
98 points, James Suckling (Nov. 2018)
"Realm took over the management of the vineyard starting this year, with a view to eventually assume possession of the property. Made up of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Farella Vineyard is very deep purple-black in color and leaps from the glass with gregarious black cherries, kirsch, redcurrant jelly and wild blueberry notes with hints of violets, cinnamon stick, dried bay leaves and iron ore. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a wonderful skip in its step, with energetic black and red fruits framed by ripe, firm, grainy tannins and bold freshness, finishing with fantastic length."
97 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (The Wine Advocate, Oct. 2018)