Leviathan

California Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.1177 ratings
9.114 pro ratings
California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Merlot
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Salami & Prosciutto, Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Herbs, Chicken, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Soft Cheese, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Blue Cheese
Top Notes For
Isaac Pirolo

Leviathan is the creation of husband and wife team Andy Erickson and Annie Favia-Erickson. They also collaborate on their Favia label, each bringing a resume boasting serious cult winery experience. Andy has spent time as winemaker at Screaming Eagle, Dalla Valle, Ovid, Dancing Hares and Arietta, with prior work at Harlan and Staglin, while Annie got her start with John Kongsgaard and Cathy Corison, before spending more than a decade as a viticulturist with David Abreu. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Jon Bonné said about the Ericksons, “Together they could probably create a 98-point wine in their sleep.” Their 2012 Leviathan is a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 16% Merlot, and 14% Syrah all coming from Northern California, and mostly from Napa. There’s no dispute that this is rich and extracted, but there’s an underlying savoriness that balances out this fruit bomb. Blackberry, black cherry, licorice, mocha, cigar box, crème de cassis, and sweet tannins that carry with them that savory herbaceousness.

Leviathan is the creation of husband and wife team Andy Erickson and Annie Favia-Erickson. They also collaborate on their Favia label, each bringing a resume boasting serious cult winery experience. Andy has spent time as winemaker at Screaming Eagle, Dalla Valle, Ovid, Dancing Hares and Arietta, with prior work at Harlan and Staglin, while Annie got her start with John Kongsgaard and Cathy Corison, before spending more than a decade as a viticulturist with David Abreu. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Jon Bonné said about the Ericksons, “Together they could probably create a 98-point wine in their sleep.” Their 2012 Leviathan is a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 16% Merlot, and 14% Syrah all coming from Northern California, and mostly from Napa. There’s no dispute that this is rich and extracted, but there’s an underlying savoriness that balances out this fruit bomb. Blackberry, black cherry, licorice, mocha, cigar box, crème de cassis, and sweet tannins that carry with them that savory herbaceousness.

Jan 20th, 2018
Megan Pok

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John Riddick

New world all the way. Tasted blind, got Syrah, Cab and Merlot. Nice dry integrated tannins.

New world all the way. Tasted blind, got Syrah, Cab and Merlot. Nice dry integrated tannins.

Jan 1st, 2016
Ron R
9.2

Lovely rich nose. Nice textured mouthfeel. Really nice tannic structure. Cab Franc is prominent. Cinnamon, coffee and a hint of maple syrup. Get some!

Lovely rich nose. Nice textured mouthfeel. Really nice tannic structure. Cab Franc is prominent. Cinnamon, coffee and a hint of maple syrup. Get some!

Nov 14th, 2015
Liz Hale

Big, robust and delicious! Andy Erickson knocks it out of the park again.

Big, robust and delicious! Andy Erickson knocks it out of the park again.

Oct 18th, 2015
Will Atkinson

Surprisingly restrained and delicious.

Surprisingly restrained and delicious.

Jul 30th, 2015
Ezra Chomak

Straight up yummy.

Straight up yummy.

Jan 21st, 2015
Isaac Johnson

What? What??

What? What??

Jan 31st, 2014
Doug Banks

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9.4

Leviathan White. Few made, and amazingly awesome!

Leviathan White. Few made, and amazingly awesome!

Jun 22nd, 2013
Shari Jones

Lots of blackberry, cassis fruit with a pencil lead long finish. Great example of a well made California Cab. Recommend pairing with red meat!!! Nice wine to have with friends that don’t understand wine.

Lots of blackberry, cassis fruit with a pencil lead long finish. Great example of a well made California Cab. Recommend pairing with red meat!!! Nice wine to have with friends that don’t understand wine.

May 18th, 2018