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Since their first vintage of Chardonnay in 1979 and the introduction of Cabernet Sauvignon in 1982, Far Niente has held true to its philosophy of producing estate wines of luxury and elegance with a consistent house style.
While many wineries make wine at several different quality levels, Far Niente produces one Chardonnay and one Cabernet Sauvignon of the highest quality possible from their estate vineyards; if the wine doesn’t meet expectations, it doesn’t make the final blend.
they attribute their twenty-plus years of resounding success as a highly regarded Napa Valley winery to the pursuit of these exacting standards and commitment to quality without compromise. Fine Wine Merchant, The Saratoga Wine Exchange, offers Far Niente Wine to buy online.
Aromas of huckleberry, dark cocoa and chocolate are complemented by a touch of vanillan in the nose. Upon entry, this Cabernet is soft and lush, with a dense mid palate. Flavors of boysenberry and black fruits are supported by tannins that are chewy, yet smooth and lingering. There is a very long finish to this wine.
Harvest Dates: 9/30 – 10/13/01
Varietals: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon
3% Petite Verdot
Skin Contact: up to 34 days
Aging: 20 months in French oak (95% new, 5% once-used)
Fermentation: Typical for red wine
Release Date: April 2004
Cases Produced: 8,080 cases*
* Winemaker notes
The 2002 Chardonnay opens with expressive aromas of tropical fruit, cardamom, orange spice and guava. Classic mineral tones underscore the mouth-filling palate of fig and melon, which meld into a nutty and toasty finish. The fullness and mid-palate weight of this wine beautifully complement the characteristic richness of Far Niente Chardonnay.
Appellation: Napa Valley
Harvest Dates: 9/5 – 10/10/02
Varietals: 100% Chardonnay
Skin Contact: up to 37 days
Aging: 9 months in French oak, sur lie (100% new)
Fermentation: 100% barrel; No ML
Release Date: November 2003
Cases Produced: 24,500 cases*
* Winemaker notes