A nod to the geographical anomaly, the amphitheater-like caldera, that shapes our unique nested appellation
A barrel selection from our finest Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards which span the amphitheater
Cool bay breezes circle the caldera to produce wines with elegance and structure
100% Cabernet Sauvignon with élevage in hand-selected, custom-toasted 100% new French oak barrels
Winemaker Andy Erickson selected one barrel from the spectacular 2018 vintage that represents the best that Favia has to offer from the rising star nested appellation of Coombsville.
Wine is unfiltered
I have lived and worked in the Napa Valley since 1994. Since then I have worked hard to produce wines that truly represent the great terroir from which they come. My efforts have led me from early assignments at Spottswoode, Harlan Estate and Staglin Family Vineyard, to Screaming Eagle, Ovid, Dalla Valle, and Mayacamas, among others. I met Annie shortly after arriving in Napa Valley, and we connected immediately through a shared passion for where we lived, what we did, and what we could do. We love growing things, creating, building, cooking, fermenting, preserving, and of course the results of all that activity. Growing grapes and making wine has become the center of our daily work lives, bringing us to many incredible places and helping us forge great and meaningful friendships. With our wine business, what started literally as a garage project has since bloomed into something sustainable, attracting a small but formidable team that has further strengthened our ability to grow and improve. Though our development continues, I'm happy it still feels like a family business, just with a growing family.
Country born: USA
Education: Tufts University, UC Davis
Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years
As a winemaker, my goal is to highlight the character of each of the unique vineyard sites with which I work, whether at my clients' estate vineyards, or the vineyards that produce our own Favia wines. Experiences gained from a summer in France during university, and many subsequent trips to winegrowing regions in Europe, have fueled my enthusiasm for the concept of "terroir" as well as for wines made from special places. While I am fortunate enough to travel and work with wineries in other parts of the world, I feel incredibly lucky to call Napa Valley my home, and am constantly marveled by the diversity of soils and microclimates in this small but diverse valley.
I came Napa in 1993 to work with wine. When I was introduced the vineyard, everything shifted and growing plants, mainly grapes, became my life’s focus.
Country born: USA
Education: BA in French Literature and Art History, George Washington University, 1993
AS in Viticulture, Napa College, 1995
Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years
Honors / Awards:
Being the lucky mother of 2 daughters and working with Mother Nature.
Nature's balance is delicate and nuanced, and every action we take sets off a chain reaction. I try to be mindful in my approach to viticulture in order to make decisions that are truly holistic.
Gary's Wine & Marketplace
607 Saint Helena Highway
Saint Helena CA 94574