Tucked away in a southernly corner of the eastern hills, Farella Vineyard’s character is defined by the fog-dominated mornings and long, sun-drenched afternoons it experiences. While this vineyard always yields an elite Napa Cabernet, the punctuated growing season in 2015 lent a marked complexity and an almost Merlot-like suppleness to this wine that sets it apart from the rest of our portfolio. Bright red raspberry and black plum jump out at the first impression while a refreshing acidity and elements of cocoa, charcoal and olive leaf lift the mid-palate. Following on to this alluringly plush entry, silky tannins are defined by warm cardamon and licorice spice. Many New World wines are made to impress upon release but Farella is usually not that wine. In 2015, however, you will find this to be a very drinkable wine in its youth, with the potential to carry on for a decade to come.
Frank and Tom Farella’s remarkable commitment to precise farming and responsible stewardship is evident in the outstanding wine this site produces year-to-year. The finesse of a cool-climate appellation and an incredible sense of depth that demands your continued attention are hallmarks of Farella that we have come to know and love. Every harvest season is an opportunity to make a truly singular wine, but, with each passing year, the high-tone character and edgy coolness of Farella’s “Rockpile Block” endure, reminding us just what sparked our love affair with this vineyard and renewing our commitment to pay tribute to this place.