Cult Wine: Favia La Magdalena
Winemaker: Andy Erickson
Proprietors: Andy Erickson & Annie Favia
Inaugural Vintage: 2003
Annual Production: 100-300 cases
Varietal: Cabernet Franc/ Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Napa Valley
Other Wines: Yes, Six
Estate Vineyard: No
Grape Source: Oakville


Viticulturist Annie Favia and Winemaker Andy Erickson combine their unique expertise with their privileged access to Napa's most coveted vineyard sites to create their own distinct brand. Annie and Andy are Napa's golden couple. Annie spent 11 years working for David Abreu Vineyard Management developing some of Napa's most highly-regarded terrain and nurturing her own particular passion for Cabernet Franc. She started Favia with Andy in 2003 and has devoted herself to the brand exclusively since 2009. Andy is famous for bringing out the specific characters of his vineyards. Past experience includes Screaming Eagle and Harlan Estate. He currently consults for Dalla Valle, Arietta, Ovid and Dancing Hares. His goal at Favia is to allow exquisite wine grapes to speak for themselves. For Andy, winemaking is a satisfying blend of farming and craft. He and Annie not only create great wine but cultivate the grapes in the vineyard blocks from which they produce.

Favia’s flagship wine, La Magdalena, is a blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Annie and Andy first produced this wine in 1998, when David Abreu asked them to make wine from a new planting of Cabernet Franc that was grafted with cuttings David had sourced in St. Emilion in Bordeaux. The first commercial offering came with the 2003 vintage. However, due to virus issues in the Madrona Vineyard, no wine was released from the 2009 or 2010 vintages. With the 2011 and 2012 vintages, La Magdalena returns, from the stunning “Summit Block” at Oakville Ranch, from the red, rocky, iron-rich soils in the eastern hills of the Oakville appellation. As always, the wine is a blend of roughly equal parts Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. And as the wine has been unavailable for the past two vintages, the upcoming releases are highly anticipated.

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