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.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesThere is a good sense of richness to be found in the oaky, herb-scented, slightly woodsy, black-cherry aromas of this bottling, and its well-ripened flavors follow suit with wisps of bark and dry wood peeking out from behind its frontal fruit. It gets a bit gruff at the finish with puckery tannins contrasting its soft and somewhat viscous beginnings, and, while it should find more cohesion with age, it never quite shows the depth and finesse that its high price tag warrants.
Wine SpectatorRating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator.