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Date Printed: 12/21/2014
Far Niente Chardonnay 2007
Far Niente Chardonnay 2007
(search item no. 99345)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $48.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

It is not one detail, but a thousand details, that converge to create the recognized Far Niente "house style." 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. Each vintage brings fresh challenges. Through our experience, skill, and conscientious attention to detail, the wine expresses the magic of each vintage.

Far Niente blends wines from its various estate Chardonnay vineyards to create its distinctive style. When young, these wines offer fresh fruit and a marvelous finish; with time, they slowly reveal the wine's complex nature through added texture, richness, weight, and depth. Far Niente Chardonnay has earned its reputation as one of the great white wines worthy of aging.

The resulting Far Niente Chardonnays are classically structured wines that are lush and round on the palate, while displaying the typical intensity of fruit and spicy oak aromas that have become synonymous with our "house style." While the finish is long and clean, the flavors become increasingly full and complex with time. Our experience is that these wines improve in the bottle for at least five years, although they can grow in complexity and depth for possibly ten years or more.

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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.