This wine offers intense aromas of blackberry and boysenberry along with licorice and perfume. A juicy and silky entry is followed by a velvety midpalate, rich with layers of ripe purple fruit and cassis. Well-integrated and melting tannins lead to a long and juicy finish.
93 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate:
"The finest Cabernet Sauvignon I have ever tasted from Far Niente may be the 2007 Estate. Its dense purple color is accompanied by fragrant aromatics of creme de cassis, spice box, underbrush, and forest floor. Voluptuously-textured and full-bodied with superb purity and depth as well as a layered, complete finish, this terrific wine should be drinkable before the 2006, but age just as long 20-25+ years." (Dec. 2009)
93 Points, Wine Enthusiast:
"This is one of the most tannic Cabs Far Niente has produced in quite a while. It’s really not drinkable now, despite very complex flavors of blackberries, cherries, licorice, tobacco and plums, along with plenty of smoky new oak. Made with a few drops of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, which add perfume and flowers, it’s a wine that won’t come into its own for quite a while. Hold until 2013, at least, and it should provide interesting drinking for years after, in a proper cellar. — S.H." (6/1/2010)
88 Points, Wine Spectator:
"Tightly wound, firm and tannic, this well-structured red has a core of herb- and bell pepper-laced cedar, currant and tobacco flavors that are taut and concentrated. Ends with chewy tannins. Best from 2011 through 2017. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 12,790 cases made. –JL" (11/15/2010)
The 100-acre Martin Stelling Vineyard, located behind the winery in Oakville, is the cornerstone of the Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon program. Planted on some of the most beautiful, gravelly loam soil in the Napa Valley, the vineyard is composed of two distinct areas. The lower portion uniformly produces wines with supple, sweet tannins and bright, forward fruit.
Halter Valley, which is the extension of the vineyard that starts into the foothills of the Mayacamas, is composed of gently rolling knolls. This section of the vineyard includes more diverse individual blocks that provide wines of great tannin and structure. This vineyard, together with a small contribution from the Sullenger Vineyard at Nickel & Nickel, produces Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon.
The season started off with a very dry winter, registering only about 60 percent of normal precipitation. Coupled with a very mild spring, the growing conditions yielded vines that were well balanced and not overly vigorous. A mild, cool summer, with no unusual heat spikes, allowed the fruit to ripen at a very steady pace.
Harvest was characterized by mild daytime temperatures, followed by very cold nighttime temperatures, allowing the grapes great hang time and flavor development without excessive sugar accumulation. A minor rain event occurred at the tail end of harvest, but this only served to wash the dust off the berries and give us further hang time, making for a stunning vintage.
This vintage expressed itself early on both in the vineyard and during fermentation. We were able to capture the concentrated flavors of juicy black and purple fruit along with lush velvety tannins with much more early pressing; roughly 40 percent of the 2007 was pressed before dryness. While much less of the wine underwent extended maceration than in 2006, maceration time was about the same.
(From 2012 Vintage) The 2012 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon opens with aromas of mixed berry fruit, boysenberry, chocolate covered cherries, layered with hints of graphite and toasted oak. On the palate, a smooth entry is followed by intense, ripe berry notes. This wine is focused and silky through the midpalate, building to a finish with broad tannins and notes of cedar and toasted oak.