2007 Napa Valley Cabernet

by Far Niente

Appellation

Oakville, Napa Valley

Harvest Dates

October 5–18, 2007

Varietals

  • 94% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 4% Cabernet Franc
  • 2% Petit Verdot

Skin Contact

10–35 days

Aging

16 months in French oak

  • 70% new
  • 30% once-used

Release Date

February 2010

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 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.

Tasting Notes

This Oakville cabernet 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.

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2007 Napa Valley Cabernet by Far Niente