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V95: “Total Knock-out” 2013 Napa Cab that has the Critics Raving - 12/04/2017 - Cabernet Sauvignon (domestic)

Dubbed a “sleeper of the vintage” the 95-point, 2013 Estate Cab from Farella has everything a Napa Cab lover could want. Packed with dark fruits, adorned with massive, expansive structure, and offering unbridled power, it is easy to see why the critics fell head-over-heels for this blockbuster effort. Sourced from Farella’s estate vineyards, it hails from the very same site that produces the coveted and much pricier ($200) Realm “Farella” Cab. Remarkably, this sensational 2013 can be had for under $60 - a very attractive price given its high ratings and impeccable pedigree. As we’ve said before 2013 was a once in a lifetime vintage in Napa and one you definitely don’t want to miss out on. Hence, when a “reference-point” Cab like this one comes along, it’s time to go in deep. While you might be tempted to enjoy the Farella Cab now (and it is truly delicious in its youth), the greatest reward will go to those who opt to cellar and enjoy it over the course of the five, ten, or twenty years. The 2013s are fast leaving the market, so don’t delay in picking up the absolute stunner.

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2013 Farella Estate Coombsville Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($59.99)

95 points Vinous: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is a total knock-out. Intense black fruit, graphite, violets and smoke blossom as this explosive, structured Cabernet Sauvignon shows off its compelling personality. Virile, dark and intense, Farella's 2013 is deeply intriguing and also a reference-point for what Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon is all about. This is one of the sleepers of the vintage."

94 points James Suckling: "Aromas of blackcurrants and blueberries with lots of heady perfume. Full body, firm and silky tannins and lots of intensity on the finish. This will come together beautifully with age. Try in 2019."

K&L Notes: Winery Notes: "Farella is a family owned vineyard and winery based out of the new Coombsville appellation in Napa Valley. Founded in 1979 by planting the first Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the Coombsville-Napa valley AVA - we strive to create ageworthy wines that reflect the nuance and character of our region, while emphasizing balance to ensure their place at the dinner table."

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 02, 2017

This is exactly what I want from a top-flight Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The Coombsville AVA has stepped up its quality immensely over the last few vintages and now many of their releases are dollar-for-dollar the best values in all of Napa Valley. The Farella Estate Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon is loaded with dark chocolate and blackberry kirsch notes along with mocha and espresso flavors this creamy, richly-textured beauty is a hedonist's delight.

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 02, 2017

For those of you looking for a serious old-school Napa Cabernet with great structure and aging potential, look no further! The 2013 Farella Estate Cabernet has all the elements of a top-class Napa wine, with a much more reasonable price point. The wine combines lush dark fruit, pungent eucalyptus and mint notes, solid but refined structure, and just a kiss of toasted oak. It's composed of everything you want in a big and bold California Cabernet, without being the slightest bit out of balance or overdone. If you hide this in your cellar for a few years, the result should be stunning.

Staff ImageStephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 01, 2017

If you haven't explored the wines of Coombsville, you certainly should, adding this wine to the top of your list. Farella's Cabernet Sauvignon really showcases the flavor elements of this southeastern Napa AVA with intensity and elegance. There are aromas of graphite, blue and black fruits that carry over to the palate with smokiness and spice. Two thumbs up!

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 29, 2017

I was super impressed by the combination of power and poise in this beautiful 2013 Cab from Farella. The wine is bristling with black / blue fruit, briary notes, sweet tobacco, graphite and subtle oak spice. The palate is dense and concentrated but not at all confected or jammy. This has all the power one expects from Napa Cab plus the balance and structure that makes the cooler Coombsville AVA so special. You will see "Farella Vineyard" on the labels of many super high-end Napa bottlings...Realm and Lail to name but a few...but this estate, namesake bottling from Farella comes at a fraction of those prices and you can bet they kept their very best fruit for themselves! This is an absolute steal in the world of boutique Napa Cabernet for the highly regarded 2013 vintage.