Farella Vineyard is located in the Coombsville region in the southeastern part of the Napa Valley. Frank Farella established the winery in 1985 and instilled a love of winemaking in his son, Tom.
After graduating from UC Davis, Tom worked for Neyers Vineyards and Flora Springs in Napa Valley followed by Preston Vineyards from 1983 to 1989. He then worked for Domaine Jacques Prieur in Meursault and Ponzi in Willamette Valley.
In 1991, he returned to his roots and began working at his family’s vineyard. Farella uses environmentally friendly farming techniques on his land and sells many of his grapes to other wineries.
In the winery, Farella takes a non-interventionist approach. He manipulates the grapes as little as possible and does not fine or filter any of his wines. Since 1997, he has also been making the Blue Diamond Pinot Noir for Elke Vineyards in the Anderson Valley AVA.
The 2001 Alta is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. It was aged in 100% French oak (75% new) from Nevers for 28 months and has 13.9% alcohol. Only 300 cases and 10 magnums of this concentrated, yet very well balanced wine were produced.
The 2001 Farella-Park Vineyards Merlot is produced with 100% estate grown grapes. It is blended with 11% Cabernet Sauvignon. It was aged in 100% French oak (20% new) for 28 months. Farella also sells Merlot grapes to Shafer and Pahlmeyer. 300 cases were produced.
The 2005 Sauvignon Blanc is made in the “New Zealand” style meaning it has high acidity and moderate alcohol (13%). This was the 20th vintage of this wine. 156 cases were produced.