Far Niente Chard 6

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Far Niente, one of the earliest stone wineries, derives its name from the Italian phrase "Dolce Far Niente" (how sweet it is to do nothing), was founded in 1885 by John Benson and flourished until the advent of prohibition. Abandoned for over 60 years, the old stone shell of a winery was purchased in 1979 by Gil Nickel. He started the long process of restoring it as a part of his quest to create a great Napa Valley wine estate. As the vines and the debris were cleared, he found the original name, Far Niente, carved in stone on the front of the building where it remains to this day. Far Niente's quest to produce outstanding wines of distinctive character has led them to a philosophy that requires vineyard ownership. Today, they own 200 acres (3 different vineyard sites) of what many regard as some of the finest vineyard land in the Napa Valley. Their Stelling Vineyard of 100 acres, is located against the west hills of Oakville, contiguous to the winery, on some of the most beautiful gravelly loam soil in the Napa Valley and is planted to Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc and Merlot grapes. Surrounded by Martha's Vineyard and Mondavi Reserve, the soils are responsible for Napa Valley's most beautiful and age-worthy cabernets. In their pursuit for distinctive Chardonnay vineyards, they discovered two wonderful parcels in a little known area of the cooler southern Napa Valley, known as Coombsville. Their Barrow Lane Vineyard of 18 acres is situated at the base of the hills to the east of Napa and offers the characteristic climate of Carneros, with a few key differences. It has the cool region influence from the Bay, deeper, well-drained volcanic soils and less wind. This gentle sloping vineyard with its volcanic soils and Western exposure, has been producing wines of a tighter fruit structure than the rich full-bodied wines from the Stelling Vineyard. It has proven to be an ideal blending component, providing the backbone and length they desire in their wines. Finally, John's Creek Vineyard of 50 acres and less than half a mile north of Barrow Lane Vineyard, is situated on a slight incline at the base of the eastern hills and is a key to their Chardonnay blend. The deep gravelly Loan soil and its south western exposure account for their fruit ripening a full 2 weeks earlier than Barrow Lane. The resulting flavours add wonderful components of richness, subtle tropical flavours and aromas that they have associated with Far Niente Chardonnays. Grapes: 100% Estate grown Chardonnay Notes: The hand harvested grapes were brought to the winery in small bins andthen sorted by hand to assure the finest quality. Fermentation began in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and then racked into a high percentage of new French Burgundy oak barrels to complete the fermentation in theircaves and old stone cellars. The wine was aged on its yeast lees for additionaldepth, complexity and texture. After 7 months of barrel ageing, each wine was evaluated as part of the blend. Tasting A classically structured wine that is both Notes: lush and round on the palate while displaying intensity of fruit and spicy oak aromas with a long and clean finish.

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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
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External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
08/14/2012

Founded with a passion to make exceptional wines, and built on ownership of the finest vineyards, Far Niente makes Chardonnays that are rich in aroma, flavor, and texture, yet balanced with a graceful finesse.


External Review
Source: Great Wines Direct
10/16/2012

Far Niente, one of the earliest stone wineries, derives its name from the Italian phrase, Dolce Far Niente (how sweet it is to do nothing), was founded in 1885 by John Benson and flourished until the advent of prohibition. Far Nientes quest to produce outstanding wines of distinctive character has led them to a philosophy that requires vineyard ownership. Today, they own 200 acres (3 different vineyard sites) of what many regard as some of the finest vineyard land in the Napa Valley, USA. Their Stelling Vineyard of 100 acres, is located against the west hills of Oakville, contiguous to the winery, on some of the most beautiful gravelly loam soil in the Napa Valley Surrounded by Marthas Vineyard and Mondavi Reserve, the soils are responsible for Napa Valleys most beautiful and age-worthy wines. Grapes: 100% Chardonnay Region : USA / California / Napa Valley Maker : Nicole Marchesi Notes: A classically structured white wine that is both lush and round on the palate while displaying intensity of fruit and spicy oak aromas with a long and clean finish. Serve : Full flavoured white meat dishes, poultry and pasta dishes. ABV : 14.5%


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
03/22/2012

Founded with a passion to make exceptional wines, and built on ownership of the finest vineyards, Far Niente makes Chardonnays that are rich in aroma, flavor, and texture, yet balanced with a graceful finesse. This basket includes one bottle of Far Niente Chardonnay, Wine Bottle Candelabra Grapevine, Epic My Glass Charms Wine Icons Set of 6, Green Grape Swirl Napkins, NapaCabs Logo Corkscrew, Janis & Melanie Chardonnay Wine Biscuits, Cracked Wheat Wafers, Chardonnay Havarti Cheese Spread and Ghirardelli Chocolate bar. (Due to the popularity of this product, we reserve the right to substitute items of equal or greater quality).


External Review
Source: Great Wines Direct
11/08/2010

Far Niente, one of the earliest stone wineries, derives its name from the Italian phrase "Dolce Far Niente" (how sweet it is to do nothing), was founded in 1885 by John Benson and flourished until the advent of prohibition. Abandoned for over 60 years, the old stone shell of a winery was purchased in 1979 by Gil Nickel. He started the long process of restoring it as a part of his quest to create a great Napa Valley wine estate. As the vines and the debris were cleared, he found the original name, Far Niente, carved in stone on the front of the building where it remains to this day. Far Niente's quest to produce outstanding wines of distinctive character has led them to a philosophy that requires vineyard ownership. Today, they own 200 acres (3 different vineyard sites) of what many regard as some of the finest vineyard land in the Napa Valley. Their Stelling Vineyard of 100 acres, is located against the west hills of Oakville, contiguous to the winery, on some of the most beautiful gravelly loam soil in the Napa Valley and is planted to Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc and Merlot grapes. Surrounded by Martha's Vineyard and Mondavi Reserve, the soils are responsible for Napa Valley's most beautiful and age-worthy cabernets. In their pursuit for distinctive Chardonnay vineyards, they discovered two wonderful parcels in a little known area of the cooler southern Napa Valley, known as Coombsville. Their Barrow Lane Vineyard of 18 acres is situated at the base of the hills to the east of Napa and offers the characteristic climate of Carneros, with a few key differences. It has the cool region influence from the Bay, deeper, well-drained volcanic soils and less wind. This gentle sloping vineyard with its volcanic soils and Western exposure, has been producing wines of a tighter fruit structure than the rich full-bodied wines from the Stelling Vineyard. It has proven to be an ideal blending component, providing the backbone and length they desire in their wines. Finally, John's Creek Vineyard of 50 acres and less than half a mile north of Barrow Lane Vineyard, is situated on a slight incline at the base of the eastern hills and is a key to their Chardonnay blend. The deep gravelly Loan soil and its south western exposure account for their fruit ripening a full 2 weeks earlier than Barrow Lane. The resulting flavours add wonderful components of richness, subtle tropical flavours and aromas that they have associated with Far Niente Chardonnays. Grapes: 100% Estate grown Chardonnay Notes: The hand harvested grapes were brought to the winery in small bins andthen sorted by hand to assure the finest quality. Fermentation began in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and then racked into a high percentage of new French Burgundy oak barrels to complete the fermentation in theircaves and old stone cellars. The wine was aged on its yeast lees for additionaldepth, complexity and texture. After 7 months of barrel ageing, each wine was evaluated as part of the blend. Tasting A classically structured wine that is both Notes: lush and round on the palate while displaying intensity of fruit and spicy oak aromas with a long and clean finish.



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Far Niente, one of the earliest stone wineries, derives its name from the Italian phrase "Dolce Far Niente" (how sweet it is to do nothing), was founded in 1885 by John Benson and flourished until the advent of prohibition. Abandoned for over 60 years, the old stone shell of a winery was purchased in 1979 by Gil Nickel. He started the long process of restoring it as a part of his quest to create a great Napa Valley wine estate. As the vines and the debris were cleared, he found the original name, Far Niente, carved in stone on the front of the building where it remains to this day. Far Niente's quest to produce outstanding wines of distinctive character has led them to a philosophy that requires vineyard ownership. Today, they own 200 acres (3 different vineyard sites) of what many regard as some of the finest vineyard land in the Napa Valley. Their Stelling Vineyard of 100 acres, is located against the west hills of Oakville, contiguous to the winery, on some of the most beautiful gravelly loam soil in the Napa Valley and is planted to Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc and Merlot grapes. Surrounded by Martha's Vineyard and Mondavi Reserve, the soils are responsible for Napa Valley's most beautiful and age-worthy cabernets. In their pursuit for distinctive Chardonnay vineyards, they discovered two wonderful parcels in a little known area of the cooler southern Napa Valley, known as Coombsville. Their Barrow Lane Vineyard of 18 acres is situated at the base of the hills to the east of Napa and offers the characteristic climate of Carneros, with a few key differences. It has the cool region influence from the Bay, deeper, well-drained volcanic soils and less wind. This gentle sloping vineyard with its volcanic soils and Western exposure, has been producing wines of a tighter fruit structure than the rich full-bodied wines from the Stelling Vineyard. It has proven to be an ideal blending component, providing the backbone and length they desire in their wines. Finally, John's Creek Vineyard of 50 acres and less than half a mile north of Barrow Lane Vineyard, is situated on a slight incline at the base of the eastern hills and is a key to their Chardonnay blend. The deep gravelly Loan soil and its south western exposure account for their fruit ripening a full 2 weeks earlier than Barrow Lane. The resulting flavours add wonderful components of richness, subtle tropical flavours and aromas that they have associated with Far Niente Chardonnays. Grapes: 100% Estate grown Chardonnay Notes: The hand harvested grapes were brought to the winery in small bins andthen sorted by hand to assure the finest quality. Fermentation began in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and then racked into a high percentage of new French Burgundy oak barrels to complete the fermentation in theircaves and old stone cellars. The wine was aged on its yeast lees for additionaldepth, complexity and texture. After 7 months of barrel ageing, each wine was evaluated as part of the blend. Tasting A classically structured wine that is both Notes: lush and round on the palate while displaying intensity of fruit and spicy oak aromas with a long and clean finish.

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