2006 Far Niente Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley

Appellation

Oakville, Napa Valley

Harvest Dates

October 20–31, 2006

Varietals

  • 94% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 3% Cabernet Franc
  • 3% Petit Verdot

Skin Contact

12–29 days

Aging

16 months in French oak

  • 73% new
  • 27% once-used

Release Date

February 2009

Director of Winemaking

Dirk Hampson

Vineyard Notes

The 100-acre Martin Stelling Vineyard, located behind the winery in Oakville, is the cornerstone of the Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon program. The vineyard is composed of two distinct areas. The flat acreage uniformly produces wines with supple, sweet tannins and bright, forward fruit. Halter Valley, which is the extension of the vineyard that starts into 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.

Harvest Notes

The season got off to a late start from the heavy rains that persisted throughout the winter months and into early spring. Keeping with the trend of winter and despite the heat spike we had in June, late spring and summer were cooler than normal, with lots of late-morning fog, which kept the vines about two-to-three weeks behind normal. Thankfully, the Indian summer we usually have finally came toward the last part of October. The fruit that was patiently waiting for the right temperatures to resolve tannins ripened at an incredible pace, and we picked out our vineyard in 10 days, the fastest ever! It was a harvest that saw it all—rain, wind, heat and cold—but rewarded patience by producing a remarkable wine.

Tasting Notes

Bright with ripe, purple fruits, this 2006 cabernet will impress with complex, layered aromas of black licorice and briar patch. The silky entry progresses along the palate and gives way to dense, velvety chocolate and toast. Full-bodied and concentrated throughout, the wine lingers on with a long, layered finish.

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2006 Napa Valley Cabernet by Far Niente