Farella Vineyard

Coombsville Divide
2019 Merlot
Coombsville

2021 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 25 | Lot No. 37
Vintage

2019

Farella Vineyard

Coombsville Divide

Merlot
Coombsville

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • With the original planting in 1979, Merlot was the primary red variety on our estate
  • Your wine represents the first Merlot produced in Coombsville, starting with the 1985 vintage
  • The Merlot grapes were grown on volcanic ash deposits and the Cabernet Sauvignon on red volcanic soils
  • We proudly present our 22nd Premiere Napa Valley wine since the inaugural event in 1997

Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Tom Farella

Winemaker, Farella Vineyard

Winemaker, Tom Farella

Tom Farella's original inspiration to enter the wine trade began as a youngster at the dinner table and was later fortified by a family trip to France and some gentle prodding by father Frank. He graduated from UC Davis in 1983 with a degree in Viticulture and Enology while holding down weekend and harvest work with Neyers Vineyards and Flora Springs Winery. His first real job was as winemaker at Preston in Sonoma County which he left after six years to work in Burgundy for Domaine Jacques Prieur in Meursault. The work/travel bug persisted, so he then worked in Oregon for a harvest at Ponzi Winery, then in the vineyard for Beaux Freres. It was after these rich experiences in 1990 that he came back to Farella Vineyard full time.

Country born: United States

Education: BS Enology & Viticulture, UC Davis 1983
Original Mentors, Bruce Neyers and father Frank
Preston Vineyards, Mentor Lou Preston
Harvest+ in Burgundy, Mentors Martin & Jean Prieur 1989
Harvest+ Oregon, 1990 (Dick Ponzi)

Years in the wine industry: 30+ years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Honor the vineyard site and always focus on balance, in order to produce wines with vibrancy and that complement a meal.

Ryan Pass

Winemaker, Farella Vineyard

Winemaker, Ryan Pass

Ryan started working in the cellars of Napa Valley as a way to make money with in college. Quickly enamored with the process he changed paths and transferred into the Viticulture and Enology program at UC Davis. He worked in multiple cellars around the valley before finding Farella. The philosophy and style of wine being made by Tom Farella was something he wanted to learn, and has been working there ever since.

Country born: United States of America

Education: BS Viticulture & Enology, UC Davis 2011

Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years

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