Leviathan California Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2012

$48

A great new Napa Red from former Screaming Eagle Winemaker Andy Erickson and vineyard manager Anne Favia, Napa's newest superstar winemaking team.  A fantastic value for such pedigree and quality under $50.  Limited. 94 Points Brix26:  "A dark and devastatingly good red blend that is yet another demonstration of Erickson's impressive skill. You may not be able to resist opening a bottle as soon as it arrives. Expressive aromas of coffee bean, smoke, dusty rose and fresh baked black cherry pie jump from the glass. Soft tannins crescendo to intense flavors of dark chocolate, raspberries and cherries. It finishes long with dark fruit character and mouthwatering acidity. While this wine may age gracefully for years to come it is hard to resist now.  62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah, 13% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot." San Franisco Chronicle: " New Cult Wineries to Watch: Leviathan": "If Andy Erickson is normally low key, he's almost mum about this blend...but for his devotees, it's a chance to access the Screaming Eagle winemaker's talents for under $50 - far less than most of his projects, which also include Hartwell and Arietta...features the joint talents of his wife, Annie Favia, one of Napa Valley top viticulturists."

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Ratings on Delectable

Megan Pok

Andrea at Wallys

Andrea at Wallys

10

John Riddick Delectable Pro

New world all the way. Tasted blind, got Syrah, Cab and Merlot. Nice dry integrated tannins.

New world all the way. Tasted blind, got Syrah, Cab and Merlot. Nice dry integrated tannins.

9.0

Liz Hale Delectable Pro

Big, robust and delicious! Andy Erickson knocks it out of the park again.

Big, robust and delicious! Andy Erickson knocks it out of the park again.

9.3

Will Atkinson Delectable Pro

Surprisingly restrained and delicious.

Surprisingly restrained and delicious.

8.9

Ezra Chomak Delectable Pro

Straight up yummy.

Straight up yummy.

9.2

Isaac Johnson Delectable Pro

What? What??

What? What??

9.7

Doug Banks Delectable Pro

Sales & Marketing Terroir Selections

Leviathan White. Few made, and amazingly awesome!

Leviathan White. Few made, and amazingly awesome!

9.4

AEL

Found this surprisingly restrained for the type. A rich cinnamon note on the nose, which lingers. Meaty and spicy. Benefits from breathing. Good effort, and worth the $41.

Found this surprisingly restrained for the type. A rich cinnamon note on the nose, which lingers. Meaty and spicy. Benefits from breathing. Good effort, and worth the $41.

8.8

Isaac Pirolo Delectable Pro

Leviathan is the creation of husband and wife team Andy Erickson and Annie Favia-Erickson. They also collaborate on their Favia label, each bringing a resume boasting serious cult winery experience. Andy has spent time as winemaker at Screaming Eagle, Dalla Valle, Ovid, Dancing Hares and Arietta, with prior work at Harlan and Staglin, while Annie got her start with John Kongsgaard and Cathy Corison, before spending more than a decade as a viticulturist with David Abreu. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Jon Bonné said about the Ericksons, “Together they could probably create a 98-point wine in their sleep.” Their 2012 Leviathan is a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 16% Merlot, and 14% Syrah all coming from Northern California, and mostly from Napa. There’s no dispute that this is rich and extracted, but there’s an underlying savoriness that balances out this fruit bomb. Blackberry, black cherry, licorice, mocha, cigar box, crème de cassis, and sweet tannins that carry with them that savory herbaceousness.

Leviathan is the creation of husband and wife team Andy Erickson and Annie Favia-Erickson. They also collaborate on their Favia label, each bringing a resume boasting serious cult winery experience. Andy has spent time as winemaker at Screaming Eagle, Dalla Valle, Ovid, Dancing Hares and Arietta, with prior work at Harlan and Staglin, while Annie got her start with John Kongsgaard and Cathy Corison, before spending more than a decade as a viticulturist with David Abreu. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Jon Bonné said about the Ericksons, “Together they could probably create a 98-point wine in their sleep.” Their 2012 Leviathan is a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 16% Merlot, and 14% Syrah all coming from Northern California, and mostly from Napa. There’s no dispute that this is rich and extracted, but there’s an underlying savoriness that balances out this fruit bomb. Blackberry, black cherry, licorice, mocha, cigar box, crème de cassis, and sweet tannins that carry with them that savory herbaceousness.

9.3

DE

Very good blend. A bit dry at first but opened up to some complexity with the blend

Very good blend. A bit dry at first but opened up to some complexity with the blend

9.0

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