Far Niente Chardonnay 2005

Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California

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Item No. 89242
  • white wine
  • collectible wine
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1997
  • WE90
  • WS88
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Winemaker's Notes

This wine is a blend of superlative Napa Valley vineyards, the combination of which results in the subtle, tropical flavors, complex aromas and uncommon richness that has long been associated with Far Niente Chardonnay.

Ripe melon and fig, layered with spice, stone and earth, emerge in the nose and combine with notes of hazelnuts and toasted almonds. The wine's smooth, rich entry opens on the palate to tropical/guava notes with a touch of minerality, ending in a long, toasty finish.

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One of California's oldest wineries, Far Niente was founded in 1885 by world traveler and entrepreneur, John Benson. The winery flourished until Prohibition, at which time it was abandoned and fell into complete disrepair. The stately stone shell of a winery was purchased in 1979 by Gil Nickel, as part of his quest to create a world class wine estate in the Napa Valley. During restoration, the original name, Far Niente, romantically translated to "without a care," was found carved in stone on the front of the building, where it remains to this day.

Learn About Napa Valley

It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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