Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Cave Collection 2002
Vineyard Notes: Far Niente’s Cabernet Sauvignon is produced exclusively from grapes grown in the Oakville Viticultural Area of Napa Valley. Ninety percent of the grapes are from The Stelling Vineyard, our estate vineyard located behind the winery at the base of the western hills of Oakville. The remaining ten percent of the fruit comes from our Sullenger Vineyard and one other small estate in Oakville. Harvest Notes: The growing season was mild overall, but marked by a few notable weather events, including a light spring frost, heavy rain in May during bloom, cool temperatures in June and August and two heat spells in September. During harvest, we experienced absolutely no morning fog, and thus, no humidity. This very dry weather lasted for a couple of weeks into early September, and was followed by hot, drying winds toward the end of the month. We hadn’t seen winds like these since 1991, which was the year of the famous Oakland fire. Tasting Notes: The fruit expression of this wine flows from the glass! Very concentrated aromas of black cherry, plum and huckleberry deepen to black currant, spice, tobacco and dusty, toasted oak. The wine’s soft entry on the palate leads to notes of licorice and black fruit, a dense mid palate and a rich and coating texture, followed by a long and velvety finish.
loads of varying berry fruit combined with dark cocoa, lovely tannic structure balanced with the proper amount of acidity, all around yummy!
Incredible depth, beautifully aged
Pretty and elegant and juicy, yet well structured. Aged very well, it's great! - Tasted at Wine Spectator New World Wine Experience 2010
Still young. The tannins are still very big (and enjoyable). Long finish of dark fruit with cherry and blackberry overtones. The nose is big and fruity. I especially liked the boldness of the tannins which will continue to soften. This wine will be even better in another 10 years.
External Reviews for Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Cave Collection
Wine Spectator ReviewIntense, with a tannic structure, yet the plush currant, anise, earth and cedar flavors push to the forefront and show an excellent range of depth and concentration. The finish turns tight, with a burst of plum, berry, cedar and tobacco. Best from 2006 through 2013.
The fruit expression of this wine flows from the glass! Very concentrated aromas of black cherry, plum and huckleberry deepen to black currant, spice, tobacco and dusty, toasted oak. The wines soft entry on the palate leads to notes of licorice and black fruit, a dense mid palate and a rich and coating texture, followed by a long and velvety finish.