2017 Far Niente Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon

Oakville, Napa Valley

Appellation

Oakville, Napa Valley

Harvest Dates

October 2-27, 2017

Varietals

  • 95.5% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 3.25% Petit Verdot
  • .25% Malbec

Skin Contact

15 days, average

Aging

17 months in French oak

  • 68% new
  • 32% once-used

Release Date

September 2019

Director of Winemaking

Andrew Delos

Winemaker

Nicole Marchesi

Vineyard Notes

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.

Harvest Notes

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. Cool weather immediately followed, giving us a short respite before starting our Oakville Cabernet harvest in the first days of October, and culminating before the month’s end.

Tasting Notes

Aromas of mixed berry, chocolate, light earth and licorice. A thick entry, with mixed berry flavors, lush and structured midpalate with great backbone of coating, ageable tannin. Full and mouthwatering with flavors of plum, blackberry all the way through to the end. Layers of toasted sweet oak are well integrated, adding structure and support to the ripe fruit flavors.

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