A: “The first to come in was our Coombsville Chardonnay on August 24, but our Cabernet spends a little more time on the vine.”
At Far Niente, Winemaker Nicole Marchesi brought in the first blocks of Coombsville Chardonnay on August 24, toasting the first fruits of the vintage with a traditional blessing of the grapes.
A: "This is my favorite part of the season – the crisp mornings, walking the rows, sampling grapes, thinking about the fast-paced harvest ahead and just feeling grateful that making wine from unbelievably magical Napa Valley vineyards is my job.”
Beautiful cluster structure and balance across our Cabernet vineyards are reflected in the vintage quality.
A: "First, the drought
conditions have thinned our yields and brought our vines in balance naturally.
And, this summer has had near perfect ripening weather. In past years, we’ve
often entered the late summer growing season with staggered spikes of heat.
When those spikes happen after veraison – the onset of ripening, when sugars
and color come in – we have to monitor our fruit and canopies carefully. This
year, we had veraison in late July, and we’ve had nice, steady temperatures in
the mid to high 80s ever since.”
We invite you to raise a glass of your favorite Far Niente wine from vintages past and toast our incredible vineyard and cellar teams, along with the first fruits of our 2021 vintage!