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The fall might mean shorter days, autumn colors, chilly nights and warm fireplaces, but for us, it also means the release of the newest vintage of our Chardonnay.
Our 2012 vintage fits right into the lineup of Far Niente Chardonnays. A near ideal growing season, with warm days and cool nights, lead to a large but balanced crop and beautiful fruit flavors.
Tasting Notes: This wine offers lively aromas of lemon and lime citrus zest, honeydew melon, wet stone and honeysuckle blossom. Bright upon entry with a silky texture through the midpalate, the wine is focused and long with citrus and mineral flavors supported by integrated notes of oak. The finish is clean and refreshing.
I recently had the opportunity to open up the beautifully aged 2000 Far Niente Cave Collection Cabernet Sauvignon. What a treat! The wine is a blend composed of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. The growing season was moderate with a slightly later than average start date for harvest.
This wine still offers incredible aromas of dried red cherry with hints of sweet tobacco. It reminds me of a berry chutney that is both sweet and savory at the same time. On the palate, the wine is silky and full with nice juiciness. There are flavors of cherry and earth with an impression of sweetness on the soft melting finish. This wine is definitely aging gracefully!
For more about the 2000 vintage, see our previous post.
The Far Niente Wine Library, which contains every vintage the winery has produced.
While a bottle of wine can be enjoyed in so many ways (I do love a glass of wine, a good book and some mellow music), my favorite way is to share it with friends. My husband and I recently opened a bottle of the 1998 Far Niente Cave Collection Cabernet Sauvignon with some friends at dinner and were rewarded with not only a beautiful bottle of wine but also with the thoughtful conversation about it.
We had fun looking back on the vintage and discussing what challenges that it presented to winemakers. 1998 remained cool through the first half of the year and then dramatically shifted to hot weather. What did this mean for winemaking? This meant stringent selection of clusters in the vineyard, careful sorting in the winery and blending only the best lots together. The result is a carefully crafted blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with 8% Cabernet Franc and 15% Merlot.
As the wine opened with our meal it offered aromas of dried blueberries, perfume, anise, nutmeg and light tobacco leaf. The silky-smooth entry developed into flavors of dried fruit with a long and lingering finish—a perfect complement to a delightful dinner with friends!
We have released an allocation of 1998 Far Niente Cave Collection Cabernet for your enjoyment. If you would like to replenish your cellar, you may do so online or call us at (707) 944-2861.
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