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Far Niente Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville
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Wine Description

(From «nv» Vintage) The 2013 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon presents dusty chocolate and black cherry aromas layered with subtle floral notes and oak. The entry is velvety and intense, revealing dark cherry and boysenberry notes married with toasted oak and light licorice. This is an elegantly structured wine with silkiness through the midpalate and a persistent, juicy finish. Deep, coating Oakville tannins ensure that this wine will age beautifully in the cellar.

Winemaker's Notes

Vineyard Notes: Far Niente’s Cabernet Sauvignon is produced exclusively from grapes grown in the Oakville Viticultural Area of Napa Valley. Ninety percent of the grapes are from The Stelling Vineyard, our estate vineyard located behind the winery at the base of the western hills of Oakville. The remaining ten percent of the fruit comes from our Sullenger Vineyard and two other small estates in Oakville. Harvest Notes: The year started off with some of the worst spring frost the valley had read more...Vineyard Notes: Far Niente’s Cabernet Sauvignon is produced exclusively from grapes grown in the Oakville Viticultural Area of Napa Valley. Ninety percent of the grapes are from The Stelling Vineyard, our estate vineyard located behind the winery at the base of the western hills of Oakville. The remaining ten percent of the fruit comes from our Sullenger Vineyard and two other small estates in Oakville. Harvest Notes: The year started off with some of the worst spring frost the valley had seen in 20 years. Luckily, our Cabernet was not affected. The rest of the growing season was moderate, with a couple of heat spikes in May and July leading to a “hurry up and wait” harvest. Crush seemed like it was going to start early with a heat spell in late August, but then the weather changed and remained cool for about 2-3 weeks in mid-September. We waited through this cooler weather, bringing in most of our reds the last week of September and the first week of October, and were rewarded with a ripe and layered wine. Tasting Notes: 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. Appellation: Oakville Harvest Dates: 9/30 – 10/13/01 Varietals: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon 4% Merlot 3% Petit 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 (hide)

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    chocolate and cherry. big. peppery finish.

    over 5 years
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    Outstanding

    over 5 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Robert Parker
    (From 2012 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 10/20/2014
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 1998 Vintage)