Husband-and-wife team Andy Erickson and Annie Favia bring some impressive credentials to their own wine company and are certainly worth following.
Erickson, 40, is a U.C. Davis enology grad who has worked for Harlan and Staglin and currently makes wine for Screaming Eagle, Arietta, Dalla Valle and Jonata and consults for Dancing Hares (a new 5-acre vineyard at the foot of Howell Mountain and wine label focusing on a Cabernet-Merlot-Cab Franc blend, due soon) and Ovid, a startup with its debut 2005 vintage due this fall.
Favia, 35, is a viticulturist who has worked for David Abreu (who works with many of Napa’s marquee vineyards) and owns her own firm, Libelula Viticultural Services, which manages Abreu and Screaming Eagle.
The couple met in Napa in 1995.
Enough of my name dropping of their credentials. I’ve liked and recommend all four of their wines I’ve tried in various blind tastings in the past week or so. They have two labels, Favia and Leviathan.
Favia Pinot Noir Russian River Valley La Josefina 2005 ($65; 275 cases): Firm and concentrated, with spicy cola, dried berry, sassafras and dusty sage and mineral notes.
Favia Syrah Amador County Quarzo 2005 ($65; 121 cases): Another impressive Amador wine, offering a tasty mix of plum and wild berry fruit and exotic spice and mineral notes.
Favia Rompecabezas (Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre) Amador County 2005 ($65; 73 cases): Complex aromas of cola, mixed dark berry, a hint of mocha, mineral and sage. (Rompecabezas means "jigsaw puzzle" in Spanish, according to Erickson.)
Leviathan (Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc) California 2005 ($42; 700 cases): A dark, rich, savory style, with lots of ripe plum, berry, mineral and spice. Dense without being chewy.
"It's just an everyday, open it now kind of wine," said Erickson of Leviathan.