Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 Far Niente Estate Bottled
Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Oakville
Far Niente Winery is located in Oakville, an area famous for Napa Valley Cabernet, and home to our estate Martin Stelling Vineyard from which we’ve been producing our Cabernets since 1982. 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.
The 2014 growing season marked our third year in a row with drought conditions. Although December and January were dry, late rains in February through early April helped fill our reservoirs. A warm and windy spring brought early budbreak to the vineyards with fruit development tracking two weeks ahead of normal. The summer months were warm, leading to balanced growth in the vineyard. Temperatures cooled slightly at the end of August just as a 6.0 earthquake hit Napa. Fortunately, the winery—and the vines weathered the quake without any damage. September brought ideal weather with cool nights and warm afternoons. We slowly started picking our Oakville Cabernet at the end of the month, but a short heat wave in early October pushed everything into ripeness. We picked up the pace, and by mid-month we had the fruit crushed and in the tank.
The 2014 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon opens with beautifully lifted spice and black fruit aromatics—clove, anise, black cherry and blackberry—layered with a hint of rich oak. A round, supple entry leads to a silky, smooth midpalate. Cassis, clove, and toasted oak complement the black and red fruit flavors. Fine-grained, age-worthy tannins provide structure to the dark, juicy finish.
The Martin Stelling Vineyard
The cornerstone of our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, the 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 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 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.SHOP
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.