2013 Far Niente Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley

Appellation

Oakville, Napa Valley

Harvest Dates

September 20 – October 17, 2013

Varietals

  • 97% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 3% Petit Verdot

Skin Contact

14 days, average

Aging

17 months in French oak

  • 77% new
  • 23% once-used

Release Date

August 2015

Director of Winemaking

Dirk Hampson

Winemaker

Nicole Marchesi

Vineyard Notes

The Martin Stelling Vineyard, located behind the winery in Oakville, is the cornerstone of Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon. Planted on some of the most beautiful, gravelly loam soil in the Napa Valley, the vineyard uniformly produces wines with supple tannins, bright, forward fruit, and beautiful tannin structure.

Harvest Notes

The 2013 growing season offered marvelous growing conditions for this Far Niente vintage. A wet December gave way to a rainless January and February, and dry, warm weather extended into the spring. These conditions encouraged early bud break and bloom, and we enjoyed great set with beautiful uniformity in our Cabernet fruit. Summer started with a brief heat spike in early July; perfect ripening weather followed throughout September. September 20th marked the first day of harvest – just as we were finishing our Chardonnay harvest. We steadily brought in red fruit until mid-October, when cooler night and morning temperatures slowed ripening. These ideal end-of-harvest temperatures yielded grapes with incredible concentration of flavor, color and tannin.

Tasting Notes

The 2013 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon presents dusty chocolate and black cherry aromas layered with subtle floral notes and oak. The entry is velvety and intense, revealing dark cherry and boysenberry notes married with toasted oak and light licorice. This is an elegantly structured wine with silkiness through the midpalate and a persistent, juicy finish. Deep, coating Oakville tannins ensure that this wine will age beautifully in the cellar.

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