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.
2013 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon
Oakville, Napa Valley
September 20 – October 17, 2013
- 97% Cabernet Sauvignon
- 3% Petit Verdot
14 days, average
17 months in French oak
- 77% new
- 23% once-used
Director of Winemaking
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.
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.