Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2011 Far Niente Estate Bottled
Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Oakville
Far Niente Winery is located in Oakville, the epicenter of Napa Valley Cabernet and home to our estate Martin Stelling Vineyard from which we’ve been producing our wines since 1982. The 2011 vintage carries on the hallmarks of our estate Napa Valley Cabernet exhibiting lush fruit, supple layers, integrated oak and elegant tannins.
After a relatively normal winter, the 2011 growing season started out with a wet and cool spring. The rains and low temperatures extended the time between budbreak and bloom. Crop yields were low for Cabernet because of the unseasonable weather during set, but fortunately this allowed the vines more ripening potential during the short and cool growing season. Early rains in October and mild fall temperatures forced a rapid yet extremely selective harvesting of all our Cabernet in just ten days.
The 2011 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of tobacco leaf, dark cherry, and a whisper of floral perfume. A silky entry leads to a juicy midpalate of red fruit and earth. Fine tannins carry a light briar note, lingering on an elegant finish.
The Martin Stelling Vineyard
The cornerstone of our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, the 100-acre Martin Stelling Vineyard in Oakville is planted on beautiful, gravelly loam soil and produces wines of supple tannins, bright, forward fruit and considerable depth.
Martin Stelling Vineyard is located behind the winery against the western hills of Oakville and is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot. The vineyard is named for Martin Stelling, the previous owner of the land, who, in the 1950s, presided over what was reputed to be the largest fine wine vineyard in the world, comprising over 5000 acres in the Napa Valley. Unfortunately, Mr. Stelling met an untimely death and never made wine from his vineyards; his holdings were sold off in parcels. The acreage surrounding Far Niente was named for Mr. Stelling and was planted finally in 1978, the same year that Far Niente winery crushed its first Napa Valley Chardonnay. The first vintage of Far Niente Cabernet was harvested from the Stelling Vineyard in 1982 and the vineyard has been the foundation of our Cabernet program ever since.
Our House Style
Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon embodies our passion and commitment to making the very best wine possible. Through the natural and human-directed factors in the winemaking process emerges the recognizable Far Niente house style.
While each of our wines exhibit the characteristics of its particular vintage, when tasted over a range of vintages the wines are ideally kissing cousins in style and presentation. The result is classically structured Cabernets that are rich in texture, layered in flavor, complex and long. Our Cabernets display the typical cassis and blackberry notes along with spicy oak aromas that have become synonymous with the Far Niente house style. Time enhances the flavors and nurtures the bottle bouquet, offering elegance, and earning Far Niente the reputation for creating age-worthy wines.ACQUIRE
Far Niente wines are renowned for their ability to age, and each year through our Cave Collection, we release a limited allocation of our library wines.