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Far Niente Winery Estate Chardonnay Napa Valley

Wine Details

Varietal

Chardonnay

Style

White

Wine Description

(1999 Vintage) The 1999 harvest started quite late in September due to a late spring and a wonderfully moderate growing season. The crop was quite small due to the conditions during bud formation and flowering. The small crop likely helped even ripening and increased flavors. Once the harvest had begun, an unusual period of extremely low humidity allowed the harvest to come in quickly. The hand harvested grapes were brought to the winery in small bins and then sorted by hand to assure the finest quality. The fermentation read more...The 1999 harvest started quite late in September due to a late spring and a wonderfully moderate growing season. The crop was quite small due to the conditions during bud formation and flowering. The small crop likely helped even ripening and increased flavors. Once the harvest had begun, an unusual period of extremely low humidity allowed the harvest to come in quickly. The hand harvested grapes were brought to the winery in small bins and then sorted by hand to assure the finest quality. The fermentation began in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, and was then racked into a high percentage of new French Burgundy Oak Barrels to complete the fermentation in our caves and old stone cellar. The wine was aged on its yeast lees for additional depth, complexity and texture. After approximately eight months of barrel aging, each wine was evaluated as part of the blend. Only those barrels that displayed both the quality and the "Far Niente style" were included in the blend which was lightly fined prior to bottling in the summer of 2000. The 1999 Chardonnay is a classically structured wine that is both rich and velvety on the palate while displaying the typical intensity of fruit and spicy oak aromas that have become synonymous with Far Niente Chardonnay. While the finish is long and clean, the rich flavors of melon, fig and oak will become increasingly full and complex with time. The 1999 Far Niente Chardonnay has excellent potential to age ten or more years. (hide)

Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Spectator
    (2005 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator
  • Ken's Wine Guide
    (2004 Vintage) Medium yellow, gold in color with tinges of green, this wine features a lovely bouquet of ripe apple, lemon, fig, flowers and faint hints of vanilla. Full-bodied and richly textured, the palate open...
  • Wine Buyer
    (2007 Vintage) Aromas of melon, guava and ripe fig are layered with toasty spices that resemble hazelnut and clove. Upon entry, this wine is round and creamy on the palate brings forth a tropical minerality that balances a spicy, toasty finish.
  • Wine Spectator
    (1995 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 02/28/97