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Who doesn’t love a great love story? We sure do, especially if it involves a bottle of Far Niente. Stephanie and Cory were bidding on a bottle of 1997 Far Niente Cabernet at a silent auction in La Jolla, California. Every time Stephanie placed a bid, Cory topped it. Finally, Cory approached Stephanie with the offer that he would buy the bottle if she would share it with him. It was love at first sip and the couple married in St. Helena on October 10, 2010, and have made their home in the Napa Valley.
Fast forward to October 10, 2013, when Cory and Stephanie made their first visit to Far Niente, on their third wedding anniversary, with a mission to acquire our 2010 Far Niente Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon, the vintage from the year they wed. Cory and Stephanie were gracious enough to share their story, and their smiles, with us as we toasted their married bliss.
Stephanie and Cory in the Far Niente Great Hall
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Last Saturday marked our annual Chardonnay Celebration! It was one of those resplendent, sun-soaked days that will be reminisced upon with a warm smile and a slight twinkle of the eye. Our centuries-old winery was alive with the sounds of laughter between friends, music from a spectacular live band, and an all-around infectious joviality — truly living up to the spirit of "Il Dolce Far Niente". It gives us great pleasure to be able to open our doors to both new and familiar faces, to pour our lovingly crafted wines, and most importantly, to set the scenery for memories that won't be soon forgotten.
Mini pizzas were on the menu for the day — to the left, caramelized onions, kalamata olives, and blue cheese. To the right, shaved proscuitto, fresh mozzarella, romesco sauce, and basil chiffonade.
Amongst the various wines poured at last Saturday’s event were two very special vintages: 1987 and 1986 Far Niente Chardonnay, both aged to a gorgeous, deep honey hue.
Thanks again to all of our dear friends who joined us for this year's Chardonnay Celebration!
From Noble Rot to Liquid Gold – the key to Dolce’s sweetness begins in the vineyard. Our late-harvest wine comes from a delicate blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc grapes grown in Coombsville and Oak Knoll. Inspired by the French Sauternes-style, the Dolce vineyard is gently tended to grow healthy and ripe fruit that will hang longer into the season, with hopes of growing Botrytis. The beneficial mold desiccates the clusters, concentrating sugars and flavors to produce our very special dessert wine.
Our Semillon grapes are grown in Coombsville, at the base of the Vaca Mountains. The crescent-shaped embrace of these mountains protects the vines from wind, allowing the morning mist to linger into midday – a necessity to any vineyard attempting to develop Noble Rot. Large canopies are also grown to cover the fruiting zone, trapping humidity and creating the right conditions for Noble Rot to prosper. To grow these unique grapes for Dolce wine, healthy vines and healthy soils will not suffice; the vineyard requires meticulous care and the cool touch of Mother Nature to take mere grapes and turn them into delightful nectar.
Like the beautiful flowers in full bloom outside, our production crew is in full “bloom” inside the winery. We are moving swiftly from one project to another, taking care of each wine in our cellar. Last week we finished bottling our 2011 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Bottling is every winemaker’s least favorite task, but it is incredibly important and takes all hands on deck!
In the next few weeks, we will continue with our 2012 Napa Chardonnay, stirring and topping while at the same time preparing to bottle the 2010 Dolce. I’m also starting my next round of blending trials with the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon in anticipation of racking directly after the Dolce bottling.
And you thought winemakers had nothing to do after harvest!
Winekmaker Nicole Marchesi recently tasted the 1996 Far Niente Cave Collection Cabernet Sauvignon and shares how the wine has evolved over the years.
The subtle blackberry, cassis and cedar aromas of this wine's youth have developed into a classic bottle bouquet of dried cherry and perfume. Soft and layered upon release, the texture has become even silkier with delicate tannis and mouthwatering acidity on the finish. Classically structured and ready to enjoy now!
A behind-the-scenes peek at Far Niente and the fine Cabernet and Chardonnay we produce here in Oakville.
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