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Date Printed: 12/18/2014
Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 99391)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $109.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
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
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 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:

The 100-acre Martin Stelling Vineyard, located behind the winery in Oakville, is the cornerstone of the Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon program. Planted on some of the most beautiful, gravelly loam soil in the Napa Valley, the vineyard is composed of two distinct areas. The flat acreage uniformly produces wines with supple, sweet tannins and bright, forward fruit. Halter Valley, which is the extension of the vineyard that starts into the foothills of the Mayacamas, is composed of gently rolling knolls. This section of the vineyard includes more diverse individual blocks that provide wines of great tannin and structure. This vineyard, together with a small contribution from the Sullenger Vineyard at Nickel & Nickel, produces Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon.

Bright with ripe, purple fruits, this wine will impress with complex, layered aromas of black licorice and briar patch. The silky entry progresses along the palate and gives way to dense, velvety chocolate and toast. Full-bodied and concentrated throughout, the wine lingers on with a long, layered finish.

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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.