The wine combines select vineyards in Rutherford, Calistoga and St. Helena that complement our home in Oakville and embody our long-established house style. Cabernet has been a hallmark of Far Niente’s winemaking program beginning with its very first vintage in 1982. The marriage of these diverse vineyard sites has allowed us to craft our finest expression of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine exemplifies our nearly four decades of mastery in growing and making Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
2017 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon
September 20 – October 27, 2017
- 88.5% Cabernet Sauvignon
- 6% Merlot
- 3.5% Petit Verdot
- 2% Cabernet Franc
12 days, average
16 months in French oak
- 60% new
- 40% once-used
Director of Winemaking
The year began with a wonderfully cold and much needed wet winter, followed by a mild spring. Welcome April showers following budbreak resulted in hearty vine growth that only accelerated with the summer sun. Temperatures finally cooled briefly in August before one final heat spike over Labor Day weekend. The cool weather that immediately followed gave us a short respite before beginning harvest of the Bordeaux varietals in our most northern blocks in Calistoga with the rest of our blocks following suit shortly after.
Lifted aromas of boysenberry and dark cherry with bright floral notes and hints of sweet toasted oak that jump from the glass at the very first swirl. A silky and lush entry with boysenberry and cherry flavors, light hint of dusty earth and spiced oak, refined and smooth tannins for a long juicy finish.