Dalla Valle, Screaming Eagle winemaker Andy Erickson’s Inaugural Release


Long before the arrival of many wineries, in the early days of Napa Valley viticulture, three brothers settled in what is now known as Coombsville; Antonio, Lorenzo, and Nicola Carbone were the first Italian immigrants to inhabit this quiet, rolling area east of the city of Napa, cultivating their first crops in 1872.  They planted grapes on the hillsides, and on the farm around their homestead planted fruits and vegetables in abundance.  By 1886 they had constructed at least one residence, as well as a stone cellar that still remains.  The property became known as Antonio Carbone Winery and Italian Gardens.

Andy Erickson and his wife Annie Favia told me that they were incredibly lucky to have painstakingly restored the old residences, winery, orchards and gardens, and now call this home to their family and to Favia Wines.  Drawing from the same vineyard blocks they have worked with for nearly fifteen years, they are honing their craft with each season, and could not be closer to the wines than they are now, living above the barrel cellar.

Carbone by Favia 2015 Proprietary Red, Napa Valley 
Retail 80.00 – GGWC 76.99
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With a nod to the past, and with an eye toward continuing their story, they released the inaugural vintage of “Carbone” a wine that celebrates the history and promise of this property.  A blend of 47% Cabernet Franc, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, and 6% Petit Verdot, the 2015 vintage is generous and layered, with notes of red raspberry, baked bread, coffee bean and freshly dug earth.  The wine is immediately accessible, but also has the structure and depth to improve over many years.

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