Farella Vineyard

Upper Terrace
2022 Cabernet Sauvignon

2024 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 28 | Lot No. 7
Vintage: 2022

Farella Vineyard

Upper Terrace

Cabernet Sauvignon

5 cases produced


  • 100% Clone 4 Cabernet Sauvignon, coming from the Upper Terrace block in our estate vineyard
  • Sitting 500 feet above sea level, these vines are grown in rhyolitic gravel at the very top of our vineyard
  • We farm this block no-till with a self-seeding cover crop
  • Aging for 22 months in Taransaud French oak barrels


Upper Terrace is special block at the very top of our estate vineyard in Coombsville. The vines are grown in well-draining, iron-rich, red volcanic soils and are blanketed in cooling bay breezes. Tucked up against the hillside, these vines typically don’t see direct sun until mid-morning; but they soak up the last rays of sunshine right before sunset during what we call the “magic hour." The peak of sustainability, we have been farming this block no-till with a self-seeding cover crop for more than 30 years. We fermented this wine in an open top fermenter and manually punched it down twice daily until dry. Aging for 22 months in French oak barrels before bottling unfined and unfiltered.

Wine Facts

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

Ryan Pass

Winemaker, Farella Vineyard

Winemaker, Ryan Pass

Ryan started working in the cellars of Napa Valley as a summer job while 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

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.

Winery Distribution

Farella Vineyard is distributed in the following markets. Please contact the winery directly for the most up-to-date distribution information and to explore commercial opportunities.

Farella Vineyard Contact: Ryan Pass


  • California ( Serendipity Wines )
  • Florida ( Consortium Wines )
  • Illinois ( Lagniappe )
  • Michigan ( AHD Vintners )
  • Missouri ( Bonded Beverage )
  • New York ( Soilair Selections )


  • Canada ( LCBO )
  • Canada ( Vinosity )
  • Norway ( Garage D'or )
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