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2013 Farella Estate Coombsville Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1330001 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. (AG)

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.

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Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/2/2017 | Send Email
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.
Drink from 2017 to 2027

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/2/2017 | Send Email
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 Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2017 | Send Email
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 Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2017 | Send Email
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.
Drink from 2017 to 2027

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.8