Some of our wine stars…
We strive to bring you the best in wines. We want you to taste and experience as many wines as you can. With that in mind we do not price our wines with the typical restaurant markup. We price them to move. We hope you will come back again and again and see the value in our curated wine collection. You only get a certain number of “sips” in this lifetime. We want you to enjoy all of them with quality selections.
We are pleased to offer unique wines, sought after wines, exclusive wines and fan favorite wines. We offer some of the most coveted and unique wine tasting experiences.
2016 PULIDO-WALKER CABERNET SAUVIGNON
We were honored to have Donna Walker come to visit Farina and offer two of her amazing wines to the restaurant. She was a delight and we learned about her life from South Carolina to California and as a pharmacist to wine-maker.
“Quality is not just paid lip service at Pulido~Walker. Mark Pulido and Donna Walker put quality first always—whatever it takes,” says winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown.
The 2016 Pulido~Walker Melanson Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is beautifully site driven. There is plenty of tannin and crushed rock to mark this as a Pritchard Hill wine, although not excessively so. The 2016 tastes unmistakably like the Melanson Vineyard: liquid minerals, white flowers, plenty of dark fruit.
The structural characteristics married to the deep black fruits, savory notes, and dried herb qualities we’ve come to expect from this site make this a rounded, complete wine. That completeness will surely be the trademark of this extraordinary 2016 Napa Valley vintage—the best of a superb run of five vintages from 2012 to 2016.
From St. Helena, Napa Valley, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, Aged 20 months in 100% French oak, only 295 Cases, Released in August 2019
All great wines begin with a great site. From our early days in St. Helena to our father Roberts’s establishment of his winery in Oakville, our family has recognized the importance of this; Continuum takes the next step. Four generations and a lifetime of experience brought us to the estate on Pritchard Hill. Our estate has the perfect combination of soils, exposure and climate to grow wine in the company of the world's finest.
One purpose, one estate, one family. Continuum is an opportunity for our family to realize our ongoing passion for excellence in wine growing by creating a singular wine recognized among the finest in the world.
"Light of the Vine" is a painting by Chiara Mondavi, Tim's daughter, which she produced for Continuum. Feeling a deep affinity for the energy and expression from the vineyards, she turned to the vine as an expression of life, for inspiration with the Continuum label.
The painting is a shadow painting of an old Cabernet Franc vine, planted by her father Tim 25 years previously, whose silhouette she captured on canvas at sunset. The original, standing 12 feet wide and 6 feet tall, depicts the vine true to its size in life. Chiara Mondavi, a graduate from the California College of Arts, has worked in various aspects of the family wine business, especially in the vineyards. Chiara graduated with an associate’s degree in Viticulture and Enology in 2012.
PODERE II CARNASCIALE CABERLOT 2016
This is one of only two wines in the world made from 100% Il Caberlot grapes. Approximately 6000 bottles are produced each year. Both wines come from the same vineyard and vinification process – right up until blending and bottling. Prior to blending each of the 45 barrels are evaluated. Barrels showing the more forward, fruit driven wine become the Carnasciale. ‘Caberlot’ grape has characteristics of both Cabernet and Merlot - hence its name. At nose it is complex and intense, coffee black pepper, menthol, redcurrant, rose, cereal, herbs. In mouth minerality, smooth acidity, soft tannins, richness and intensity. Long persistency. The wine boasts an extraordinary complex aromatic mix of dark fruit and exotic spices, before spreading its elegance and silky texture on the palate with layers of black currants and blueberries backed by mineral notes and fine tannins.
Podere Il Carnasciale is situated in the southern Chianti mountains in the Valdarno. Wolf Rogosky set out to produce a great wine of truly unique character. The first vineyard ‘Carnasciale’ was planted in 1986. The land had seen nothing but olive trees for over a hundred years.
Il Caberlot, and Carnasciale, are the only wines in the world made from a mysterious “Caberlot,” the grape has characteristics of both Cabernet and Merlot—hence its name. Il Caberlot boasts an extraordinary perfume, sleek texture and great elegance. Boasting nuances of Graves, Pomerol, and Il Carnasciale’s unique terroir, it ranks among the planet’s most singular wines.
From the first vintage, 1988, Il Caberlot has been a huge cult wine in Europe, its scarcity driven by nature and the vineyard’s size of less than an acre. Production remains miniscule. The wine is still bottled by hand, and is held for two years before release. Bettina Rogosky hand-numbers each label.
Until 2005, this Tuscan wine had existed in name only for American wine lovers. Bottled exclusively in magnum, only two retailers (out of a thousand or more) in Tuscany get any. And restaurant allocations have been limited to the likes of Florence’s Il Cibreo, and Paris’ 3-star L’Ambroisie. Members of Florence’s elite Teatro del Sale can buy one magnum per year, a privilege handed down from generation to generation. These are some of the most unique wines from Italy.
2014 ULYSSES NAPA VALLEY
2014 ULYSSES NAPA VALLEY - ROBERT PARKER – 94 POINTS
JAMES SUCKLING – 98 POINTS
#33 in James Suckling’s Top 100 Napa and Sonoma Wines of 2017
Christian Moueix is no stranger to the Napa Valley. He has been the owner of Dominus since 1983. That makes Ulysses, only his second project in almost 30 years in California. Over the past 3 decades, Christian Moueix has continued concentration more of his efforts in California. The wine is dense purple, with sweet cedar wood, unsmoked cigar tobacco, crème de cassis, and black raspberries in a classic, almost St.-Julien/Pauillac style.
The evolution of this wine has been phenomenal since I tasted it in barrel a year ago with the same black cherry, plum and citrus character but with a turn to orange leaf, dark Chinese tea, and mushroom. Full body, fine and velvety tannins with a touch of dust to the texture. So much chocolate and fruit undertones with forest floor and hints of tobacco, too. The mouthfeel and complexity are seductive. - James Suckling
AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA 2008 ARCHIVIO STORICO
This is an amazing Amarone with incredible aromas of dried fruit, raisins, chocolate and spice. Intense dried flowers. Fruit tea. Minerals, Full-bodied with a deep and rich finish. Juicy and chewy. Incredible structure. Dry finish. One to age for decades ahead in the cellar. Only 2000 bottles made.
From the oldest vines of the Tenuta Costalunga vineyard, a wine born from patience. The product of a single Slavonian oak cask of the 2008 vintage that showed stunning character, profound aging potential. Archivio Storico rested in wait for 10 years. Then, 2018, that single barrel was drawn off into 2,500 numbered bottles; each one a snapshot of Zenato’s finest Amarone wine in evolution. It is a fascinating wine with its bright and brilliant light ruby color. On the nose prevail scents of sour cherries, dried rose and rhubarb with a bitter licorice and smoked touches. In the mouth, the power is not lacking, but it is well indulged also by acid and dynamic fragrance of the sip, up to a savory and deep finish. Farina has acquired the last four bottles available of this transcendent wine.
After a decade of aging, the barrel was opened and its precious nectar gave birth to the limited edition of the Zenato Historical Archive. An extraordinary collection. The purest expression of the profound love we have for wine and of the daily dedication we place at every stage of our work.” Packaging stands out for its minimalism and rigorous elegance. The large label is white as a sheet of paper, while the inscriptions are in black ink courier and recall the typographical effect of old typewriters. Red is reserved for the figures indicating the vintage and the bottle number, while the logo relief and Carla's signature are displayed at the bottom right. "The 2008 vintage was nothing short of exceptional," says Nadia. "The long rest of 10 years has allowed the birth of a wine out of the ordinary, the maximum expression of the Valpolicella Classica and the combination of vines, territory and human work.” Intense and voluminous, the Amarone della Valpolicella Archivio Storico Zenato is a great red of the territory, which comes only from the best grapes of the oldest and best exposed vineyards of the Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella estate.
GRATUS VINEYARDS CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Our story does not begin with us. Rather, our story begins with our immigrant parents and grandparents whose hard work and devotion to family has made this American dream possible. Our gratitude is reflected in our name, our label, and the Latin inscription on the back of each bottle of GRATUS wine. We are truly thankful.
A family endeavor from its inception, GRATUS Vineyards has been transformed through acts of kindness and labors of love into a true horticultural paradise, boasting lush vines, hundreds of species of trees and an impressive reference garden of rare and endangered conifers.
When our owners first espied this unique site, they were struck by its natural beauty and vowed to plant the best vines and trees, work to grow the most luscious fruit, and aspire to make the most delicious wines unique to the valley.
Meticulously farmed with organic sustainability throughout the Pope Valley season of hot, sunny, dry days and surprisingly chilly nights, we harvest our grapes by hand in the dark morning hours to bring cold fruit into the winery.
We sort the clusters to ensure we have only perfectly ripe clusters, free of leaves or impurities. We additionally sort the berries themselves after de-stemming. We will allow for a cold soak on the fruit’s own skin and juices for up to 5 days prior to fermentation to guarantee excellent early fruit and flavor extraction.
There are no set formulas for winemaking. Each growing season is different and each vintage is unique. We taste daily and always do what is best for the wine. Our family takes pride in each and every step of wine-growing and winemaking. We hope you will notice the difference!
Sinegal Cabernet Sauvignon
St. Helena, CA
Wine Advocate: 94-96pts
Antonio Galloni: 94-97pts
Jeb Dunnuck: 93-95+pts
Initially aromas of bright red fruit pop out of the glass with notes of raspberry and cherry up front, followed by hints of baking spice, leather, and wet stone. A combination of light and dark tones on the palate delight all the senses. Subtle oak notes of cedar and vanilla lift and frame the core fruits flavors of plum, blackberry, and black cherry. With polished tannins and a long and bright finish