“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
When a wine’s founding force is none other than Andy Erickson (former Screaming Eagle winemaker), you can be sure that fruit will be sourced from some of the most coveted vineyards in California. Founded by Erickson in 2004, that’s Leviathan’s goal: draw from the best vineyards in Northern California to create one unique red wine. While the composition varies slightly, each year, a percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc will be present. Leviathan is a singular, focused wine that showcases all the best characteristics of the vintage. Leviathan is a red wine created with a unique blend to reflect each new vintage.
“This small, high quality boutique operation is a joint venture between Annie Favia and winemaker and consultant Andy Erickson. By and large, not a lot of these wines are made, usually under 300 cases.” – Robert Parker on Leviathan, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, October 2013
“If winemaker Andy Erickson is normally low key, he’s almost mum about this blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. But for his devotees, it’s a chance to access the Screaming Eagle winemaker’s talents for far less than most of his projects, which also include Hartwell Vineyards and Arietta. Features the joint talents of Erickson and his wife, Annie Favia, one of Napa Valley’s top viticulturists.” – Jon Bonné, “The New Cult Wines: 10 Wineries to Watch”, San Francisco Chronicle, May 2008
“Andy Erickson boasts one of the most impressive resumes of any winemaker in Napa Valley. Leviathan, Erickson’s affordable red wine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Franc is a reliably consistent value. The Huneeus family has recently taken on a significant position within Leviathan, which means the wine’s visibility and scale are both likely to increase meaningfully in the coming years.” – Antonio Galloni on Leviathan, Vinous.com, November 2017