2008 Leviathan Red
A true Leviathan, the 2008 vintage of the wily beast has morphed into its own being. Perfumes of star anise, paprika, wet gravel and thyme draw one in to the glass. Flavors of slow-cooked cherries, blackberry jam, and umeboshi rush over the palate, with smooth tannins and intense fruit lingering on a lengthy finish. A sizeable wine, the newest incarnation of Leviathan is a hedonistic delight now, and should provide added excitement over the next several years—but why wait?
Leviathan is a rich, full wine with vibrant texture. Its complex flavors are derived from a unique blend which highlights the best of California – carefully fine-tuned each vintage to create a bold, rich, enticing wine. Though this uniquely blended wine is worthy of cellaring, it is intended to be consumed in its youth, showcasing its bright, fruit-driven character.
“Blending is one of the most enjoyable and most creative parts of the winemaking process. In producing our Favia wines, which are very small production wines from highly coveted sites, we always end up with many blending components of all different varieties. Fitting these together like a puzzle creates Leviathan. It allows us to push the envelope, try new things, and have an outlet to give people something unique and, frankly, pretty damn delicious.”
– Andy Erickson, Winemaker
40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 17% Syrah, 7% Cabernet Franc