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Date Printed: 9/21/2014
Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 94313)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
The Wine News rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $129.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Notes of dense black fruit, anise and blackberries appear up front followed by hints of fruit jam and dark chocolate. In the mouth, this wine unfolds in layers, beginning with a round and supple entry and progressing to a full, weighty structure on the palate. The silky tannins are textured and coating, producing a wine that is smooth from start to finish.

Blend: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot

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About Far Niente:

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.