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Date Printed: 8/30/2014
Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 109081)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $99.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 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
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2005 The Wine News 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:

Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon is produced exclusively from grapes grown in the Oakville AVA of Napa Valley. The primary source of fruit is our Martin Stelling Vineyard, located behind the winery at the base of the western hills of Oakville. Far Niente follows organic and sustainable methods in farming and winemaking, and the winery is a net-zero, solar-powered historic landmark building.

The 2008 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon is estate bottled, which ensures that the wine is grown in our estate vineyards in the Oakville appellation and it has been produced and bottled exclusively at Far Niente. The 2008 blend is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc. The 2008 vintage was harvested between October 3 and October 25 and was aged in French oak (70% new, 30% once-used) for 16-17 months.

This wine offers intense aromas of ripe blackberry and boysenberry layered with baking spices and licorice. The entry is full and juicy with a velvety middle palate. Dark, mocha flavors emerge on the long finish with chewy, coating tannins.

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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.