Rudius Farella Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
There is nothing more invigorating than the element of surprise, and their 2013 Farella Cabernet is nothing if not unpredictable. Painstakingly managed and expertly farmed, this vineyard always yields an elite Napa Cabernet, but Farella’s unique location in the valley lends a marked complexity to this wine that sets it apart from the rest of the wines in their cellar. Tucked away in a southernly corner of the eastern hills, this vineyard’s character is defined by the fog-dominated mornings and long, sun-drenched afternoons it experiences. Bright red raspberry and bing cherry explode on your palate, while a refreshing acidity keeps this Cabernet firmly grounded in south Napa. And though this alluringly plush entry may fool you, the silky structure, defined by warm vanilla and licorice spice, and hints of fragrant evergreen tells you that this is a Cabernet for the ages. Many New World wines are made to impress upon release but this is not that wine. While it may hide the best of itself from you now, the Farella Cab will stand out among its peers 12-15 years, as it truly comes into its own.