Falcor Winery released their first vintage in 1999 which at the time was a highly rated award winning Chardonnay. They have recently opened a fabulous new winery and tasting room in a corporate park just south of the town of Napa. This is one of a number of Napa wineries who call corporate and business parks their home. Falcor was founded by two attorneys from West Virginia who work for the same firm. Both are extremely passionate about wine. They often served depositions for their legal firm in the San Francisco area and as a result during these trips would visit the Napa Valley. After being inspired during several local tours and tastings they decided to partner and form a winery. Through connections they found well known winemaker Ray Coursen who has made their wines since day 1. Ray owns Elyse winery and is a completely self made vintner having initially taken the path of working in the vineyards and then in a large wineries’ tasting room before becoming a winemaker.
Over the past 20 years Ray has built some very good relationships with vineyard owners and is able to source high quality grapes for all of Falcor’s Napa & Sonoma wines. Combining the premium grape sources with Ray’s long time winemaking experience produces delicious wines with an additional bonus being the reasonable pricing. As of press time they produce between 4000 and 5000 cases and 9 different wines. Falcor also is able to hold back vintages of wine so that their current releases are typically several years older than most wineries. For example the current vintage of the Cabernet Sauvignon we tasted was 2002 which we were tasting 6 years later at press time.
They are well known for their Chardonnays and the 2003 current release (Bacigalupi Vineyard from Sonoma County’s Russian River region) does not disappoint. It is a pale amber color in the glass with notes of honey, crème Brule, caramel, some hints of nuts which follow through to the palate. It is a unique tasting very full bodied Chardonnay with a wonderful mouth feel. Their 2004 Sangiovese is a Super Tuscan blend (red wines from Tuscany, Italy that do not use historical blending varietals) with 88% Sangiovese and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes for this wine are from Yountville and form a well rounded wine with a smooth elegant mouth feel. Spices, black licorice and black cherry flavors coat the palate. Lastly their 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon is among the oldest current release of Cabernet Sauvignon that we have tried during our 500+ Napa winery tastings. This is not a bad thing as this wine has had more time to age. The fruit is from the base of Howell Mountain in the northern part of the valley. Lots of fruit in the nose carries over to the palate. This wine has velvety tannins with a long finish. A kitchen has not yet been built; when its operational it will provide tasty delectable’s to be paired with the wines. Falcor can also still be tasted at Napa Wine Co in their Cult Tasting Room. We will revisit Falcor for updated photos once the kitchen and furnishings are complete.