2017 Leviathan Red Blend California
An offshoot of winemaker Andy Erickson and Annie Favia’s ‘Favia’ Napa Valley Cab project, Leviathan was created after the 2004 harvest solely to make the very best possible wine from a given vintage using the best, but extraneous fruit to which this super-star duo had access. Not beholden to any particular vineyard site or blend of grapes, it’s culled from the very best sources that fall into their hands in a given year and slapped with a California appellation. In the very, very fine 2013 vintage, there was an embarrassment of riches from which to choose and the resulting wine is truly on a scale of its own!
As you might guess from its name, Leviathan is fashioned to be a California ‘monster,’ packed with enormously concentrated fruit, a broad, broad palate and bold, ripe silky tannins. In this vintage it’s about half Cabernet Sauvignon with the rest consisting of Merlot, Syrah and a soupcon of nicely ripened Cabernet Franc. Leviathan’s personality leans towards Cabernet’s brambly, dried herb side, with leafy sage, mint and cardamom adding nuance to a solid core of chocolate, red and blue-berries and espresso. On the palate, it’s beautifully seamless with a round, very long finish despite its obvious tannin, a wine you’ll love it to drink even now with big steaks, roasts, burgers and more. We’ve got a really nice price to entice you to add some to your cellar and, perhaps, even open one with your Christmas roast!