Andrew Harper’s wine concierge, Hal Oates of Porthos, shares three new winery experiences that offer private access to collectors. For information and reservations, contact WineConcierge@AndrewHarper.com.
Favia: Tasting Cabernets With Napa Insiders
Andy Erickson has been called Napa’s “leading man” thanks to his role in the creation of several of the most highly prized — and priced — Cabernets in history. After all, Erickson is the winemaker behind the release of Screaming Eagle 2007, rated 100 points and currently trading at auction for more than $3,000 per bottle. He has also garnered numerous 98- to 100-point ratings for other “cult” Cabernets, including Dalla Valle and Ovid. Erickson recently opened a tasting room to host collectors for the first time.
Over the past decade, Erickson and his wife, Annie, have been quietly fashioning small lots of delicious wines under the Favia label (Annie’s maiden name). She is the protégé of Napa’s most celebrated vineyard manager, David Abreu, whom she assisted for more than a decade, planting and replanting preeminent vineyards, including Screaming Eagle.