New Release: Di Costanzo Farella Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

New Release: Di Costanzo Farella Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
The young, talented Massimo di Costanzo produced a mere 290 cases of his superb 2015 Farella Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Widely touted as one of Napa’s most exciting and upcoming talents, his finely tuned, mineral wines prove that elegance and intensity can go hand in hand, and that old fashioned Cabernet Sauvignon structure can be produced with modern precision and freshness. His style will appeal to lovers of Napa’s more traditional offerings, the likes of Dunn and Corison, alongside adventurous admirers of Left Bank Bordeaux.

The fruit for his production comes from a small AVA called Coombsville. Languishing in relative obscurity until recently, and mere pasture land as recently as the early 70s, it now contributes fruit to some of Napa’s most illustrious bottlings. It is famed for having some of the longest hang times in the valley, with south facing vineyards on volcanic soils and year round temperatures moderated by the cooling waters of the San Pablo bay. Neither valley floor or mountainous, Coombsville’s rolling benchlands most resemble those of Pritchard Hill. It is in these moderate climes that Massimo di Costanzo crafts his traditional, elegant Farella Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.

Pulling fruit from one of the region’s original vineyards, Massimo’s winemaking is slow, patient and low tech. His style is classical in that it leans towards structure and minerality over plush dense fruit – with a precision and purity that owes much of the modern levels of selection and farming. It is no surprise to learn he was raised on great Italian bottles. Producing just a handful of barrels each year he is able to give his entire production his utmost attention while they age for 22 months in French oak barrels, just over half of which are new and lightly toasted. Bottling is done without fining or filtration.

The 2015 is a deeply mineral wine with precise dark fruit aromas that unfurl to reveal layers of smoke, stones and violets, a volcanic quality evident on the nose that reappears on the palate as a ripe but mineral tannic framework supports flavours of dark berry fruit, dark cherry, graphite, gravel and smoky earth. The whole thing is taut and restrained, the dark fruit picked out in great detail, the finish cool, precise, and mineral laden. This is another excellent release from di Costanzo, and a very worthy successor to the stunning 2013 and 2014 releases.

NB stocks are extremely limited, please follow the link below or email your account manager if you wish to secure an allocation.

“Massimo Di Costanzo. Make a note of the name now, because you will be hearing more about Di Costanzo as soon as the broader public has a chance to taste these wines.” Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com

“What I tasted with Massimo, is far greater, at least in my estimation, than the wine he made for Screaming Eagle as the assistant to Andy Erickson, and I now count him as one of my favourite producers in the United States” RH Drexel, Loam Baby