2005 Far Niente Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley


Oakville, Napa Valley

Harvest Dates

October 7 –
November 3, 2005


  • 91% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 5% Cabernet Franc
  • 4% Petit Verdot

Skin Contact

13–44 days


17 months in French oak

  • 69% new
  • 31% once-used

Release Date

April 2008

Director of Winemaking

Dirk Hampson

Vineyard Notes

The 100-acre Martin Stelling Vineyard, located behind the winery in Oakville, is the cornerstone of the Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon program. The vineyard is composed of two distinct areas. The flat acreage uniformly produces wines with supple, sweet tannins and bright, forward fruit. Halter Valley, which is the extension of the vineyard that starts into foothills of the Mayacamas, is composed of gently rolling knolls. This section of the vineyard includes more diverse individual blocks that provide wines of great tannin and structure. This vineyard, together with a small contribution from the Sullenger Vineyard at Nickel & Nickel, produces Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon.

Harvest Notes

We knew early on this would be a large harvest, but by the time all the grapes were in, it blew away everyone’s expectations! The growing season started with an early budbreak then cooled off. We never really had a summer, only a few heat spikes, and it seemed more like we had two seasons: summer and fall. Harvest began very late and we didn’t even begin to bring in any reds until the first part of October. Most of the fruit was actually brought in the last few weeks of October and into November. Cooler vintages favor wines of elegance and finesse over brawn.

Tasting Notes

Notes of dense, black fruit, anise and blackberries appear up front followed by hints of fruit jam and dark chocolate. In the mouth, this wine unfolds in layers, beginning with a round and supple entry, and progressing to a full, weighty structure on the palate. The silky tannins are textured and coating, producing a wine that is smooth from start to finish.

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2005 Napa Valley Cabernet by Far Niente