Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Estate Bottled 2009

Member Review by steve16046:

Purchased at Winery. Pours a deep dark reddish violet color with some light reddish hues on the edges. Plenty of dark black fruit, plums & blackberries along with some road tar (reminds me of my summer job paving driveways). Hits the palate with lots of plum and blackberry flavors. In the middle some 'tar' flavors, which is a concoction of diesel and tar. On the back end, more dark fuirt, cherries, vanilla and tar. I really enjoy wines with that road tar taste. This is a medium to full bodied red wine that leaves a long lasting taste on the palate.

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Far Niente Winery:
Far Niente was founded in 1885 by John Benson, a forty-niner of the California gold rush and uncle of the famous American impressionist painter, Winslow Homer. Benson hired architect Hamden McIntyre, creator of the former Christian Brothers winery – now the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone – to design the building. Constructed against a hillside in western Oakville, Far Niente functio... Read more
Far Niente was founded in 1885 by John Benson, a forty-niner of the California gold rush and uncle of the famous American impressionist painter, Winslow Homer. Benson hired architect Hamden McIntyre, creator of the former Christian Brothers winery – now the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone – to design the building. Constructed against a hillside in western Oakville, Far Niente functioned as a gravity flow winery, gently moving the grapes through each stage of production. Far Niente prospered until the onset of Prohibition in 1919, when it was abandoned and left to fall into disrepair. Sixty years later, in 1979, Gil Nickel purchased the winery and adjacent vineyard and began a three-year restoration of the property. During restoration, the original name, Far Niente, from an Italian phrase that romantically translated means "without a care," was found carved in stone on the front of the building where it remains to this day. We felt an obligation to preserve the name with the hope that we could recapture a bygone era when life was indeed without a care. Nineteen eighty-two marked the return of winemaking to Far Niente, with the harvest of the winery’s first Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay was also produced at the winery for the first time that year; the 1979, ’80 and ’81 vintage wines were made at an offsite location. Today, the winery continues to focus on producing only the two varietal wines. California’s Oldest Bottle of Wine Far Niente’s past and present were reunited in 1998, when a bottle of Far Niente Sweet Muscat, vintage 1886, was discovered in a private cellar in Marin County, CA. The bottle exhibits the original label, cork and capsule, and is believed to be the oldest intact bottle of California wine in existence today. The label, featuring a sepia-tone line drawing of a hammock laden with grape clusters, is thought to have been designed by Benson’s nephew, artist Winslow Homer. Historians of the artist liken the style of the hammock on the label to the same technique employed in Homer’s other works. Eric Rudd, a historian and expert on Homer, has explained that while Homer created very little commercial art, he was known to have supplied his work to friends and relations for commercial use, including his cousin, Virginia Johnson. This was the same Virginia Johnson who inherited Far Niente in the early 1900s, from her uncle, John Benson. Today, Far Niente wines carry an intricate art nouveau-style parchment label, which was designed by artist Tom Rodrigues in 1979. Rodrigues also designed the labels for Far Niente’s sister wineries Dolce, producer of a late harvest wine, and Nickel & Nickel, a new winery devoted exclusively to producing small-lot, single vineyard wines. When John Benson built Far Niente in 1885, it was evident by the stone archway in the west wall of the cellar that wine caves were to be chiseled into the solid rock. Unfortunately, as a result of Mr. Benson's death and the forced closure brought on by Prohibition, these caves never materialized. It was in 1980, one year after Far Niente was purchased by Gil Nickel, that Alf Burtleson was hired by Gil to dig a small 60-foot wine cave in the hill behind the winery. Little did the two men know at the time, that the Far Niente wine caves would become the first to be constructed in North America since the turn of the century, spawning a new industry in California wine country. Almost ten years after the first excavation and accompanied by Alf's expertise, Gil undertook the adventurous project of expanding the wine caves to 15,060 square feet. At the time, Alf and his four-man crew utilized a 22-foot long electric and hydraulic drill used in England for digging coal mines, and completed the shotcrete-lined caves in 1991. A second phase, adjoining an additional 13,000 square feet were added in 1995, and a third phase, bringing the total cave area to 40,000 square feet, was completed in 2001. “Caves have qualities beneficial to wine aging that are impossible to capture in an above-ground building,” says Dirk Hampson, director of winemaking at Far Niente. Much attention and concern have been devoted to the aesthetics in the integral design of the caves, which consist of recessed lighting, back-lit niches, a large octagonal wine library, and a number of 45-degree tunnels. In addition to the wonders of aging wine in beautiful surroundings, much can be attributed to the practical benefits of storing and aging wine underground. A constant temperature of 58-60 degrees Fahrenheit, accompanied by natural humidity, contribute to low evaporation in a consistent environment. Far Niente's caves currently house approximately 2,500 French oak barrels. Read less

Member Reviews for Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Estate Bottled

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Snooth User: steve16046
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4.00 5
06/03/2012

Purchased at Winery. Pours a deep dark reddish violet color with some light reddish hues on the edges. Plenty of dark black fruit, plums & blackberries along with some road tar (reminds me of my summer job paving driveways). Hits the palate with lots of plum and blackberry flavors. In the middle some 'tar' flavors, which is a concoction of diesel and tar. On the back end, more dark fuirt, cherries, vanilla and tar. I really enjoy wines with that road tar taste. This is a medium to full bodied red wine that leaves a long lasting taste on the palate.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
5.00 5
Vintage: 2004 06/26/2007

Expensive California Cab - how I love thee... There's something about it that i've not found elsewhere. I call it fennel/mineral/earthy/fruity - and its wonderful. Back to the tasting notes - Mineral and fruity (black cherry) with beautiful structure. A surprisingly soft wine with great fruits and tannins that just creep up on you. Still has a dry tannic finish - young - but beautiful nonetheless. Awesome - one of my favorite wines ever.


4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 06/26/2007

Dark and rich fruit on the nose. An extremely complex wine with blackberry and raspberry flavors coming through. Just great.


Snooth User: RALPH RIVERA
9240515
5.00 5
Vintage: 2004 10/21/2008

Five glasses


Snooth User: GlamMa
288594
5.00 5
Vintage: 2000 07/20/2007

Tastes like velvet! Excellent wine, but a bit pricey for everyday drinking


Snooth User: kvs2000
866603
3.00 5
Vintage: 2000 09/05/2008

Three glasses


Snooth User: chock
46421132
4.50 5
Vintage: 1986 09/24/2012

Got this baby for free from Pete and 1-800-got-junk about 4 or 5 years ago. Apparently some rich wine collector in SeaCliff or something pitched cases upon cases of old wine. We took in about 7 cases or so and found this among some other really good wines ... and some not so good wines (the early 2000s whites were bad). Cracked it in Oct 2012 and I'm really digging it. This is how a great CA wine should be. 13.5% alcohol, a combo of fruit, leather, dust on the nose. A mouthful that is bright, equal parts dried fruit and mineral/earthy with some tannins still hanging around. The color is a little light around the edges but not browner or oxidized at all. Very smooth all around and on the finish. Not a long lingering finsh, but perfect wine to accompany our steak dinner. I suspect this was stored very well. Wish I had a case of this.


External Reviews for Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Estate Bottled

External Review
Source: Vines Wine and Spirits
02/06/2013

The 2009 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of boysenberry and blackberry pie, tobacco leaf, cassis and toasted oak. The wine is chewy on entry, with black cherry fruit supported by warm, spiced oak. Thick and structured, the wine lingers on the


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Vintage: 2004 07/13/2010

Aromas of very dark fruit, black currant, dark chocolate, dust/earth, vanillan and perfume are layered behind the ripeness. The wine provides a big and full entry, yet the tannins are balanced and have an underlying silkiness. On the palate, ripe cassis and spice mingle with well-integrated oak and evolve into a lingering, fruit-driven finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2004 09/23/2011

"Aromas of very dark fruit


External Review
Vintage: 2004 11/06/2012

The 2004 Far Niente Oakville Cabernet is defined by brooding dark fruit, firm tannins, and layered oak spice components. This wine is extremely age-worthy and will cellar for 10 to 15 years.


External Review
Vintage: 2004 05/21/2010

Aromas of very dark fruit, black currant, dark chocolate, dust/earth, vanillan andperfume are layered behind the ripeness. The wine provides a big and full entry, yet thetannins are balanced and have an underlying silkiness. On the palate, ripe cassis andspice mingle with well-integrated oak and evolve into a lingering, fruit-driven finish.


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Vintage: 2003 07/13/2010

Forward aromas of cassis, licorice, anise and tobacco, complemented by notes of black currant, are present on the nose. The plush, silky entry provides an opening to flavors of blackberry and black cherry fruit on the palate, with a dense core of chewy tannin. The fruit darkens on the palate, and notes of toasty oak with an underlying layer of black cherry emerge on the long, sweet finish.


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Vintage: 2000 11/23/2011

A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2000 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml



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