2009 Far Niente Estate Bottled Chardonnay

Napa Valley

Appellation

Napa Valley

Harvest Dates

September 5 –
October 12, 2009

Varietal

100% Chardonnay

Fermentation

100% barrel; No ML

Aging

10 months sur lie
in French oak

  • 61% new
  • 39% once-used

Release Date

November 2010

Director of Winemaking

Dirk Hampson

Vineyard Notes

Far Niente Chardonnay is a blend of superlative Napa Valley vineyards, many of which are located in a little-known area called Coombsville, a cool growing region nestled in the rolling countryside and protected by the hills east of the city of Napa. Coombsville offers the characteristic climate of Carneros, with less wind, along with deeper, well-drained gravelly loam and volcanic ash soils. The combination of these spectacular vineyards results in the subtle, tropical flavors, complex aromas and uncommon richness that we have long associated with Far Niente Chardonnay.

Harvest Notes

The 2009 season brought us the third winter in a row with drought conditions, but by March, rainfall was close to normal. A mild and cool spring coupled with a touch of late season rains ensured strong yet well-balanced vine growth. A small heat spike in early July, followed by temperate summer days, allowed the fruit to steadily ripen. September arrived with the warmest weather of the season, enabling us to harvest our vineyards at the peak of ripeness before the fall rains.

Tasting Notes

The 2009 Far Niente Chardonnay offers aromas of Meyer lemon, honeysuckle and melon layered with toasted hazelnut and nutmeg. The entry is oily, long and silky with clean, bright acidity and fresh, tropical fruit flavors supported by sweet toasted oak.

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2009 Napa Valley Chardonnay by Far Niente