Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Red Wine

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Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Napa Valley, CA

95 pts., Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast:

"This memorable Cabernet Sauvignon has small amounts of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec blended in. Aged 17 months in a majority of new French oak, it unfurls flavors of red fruit, dried herb and clove over a core of youthful tannin and spicy oak. Best from 2028–2038." —V.B.

94 pts. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

"Composed of 93.3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3.8% Petit Verdot, 2.3% Cabernet Franc, 0.5% Merlot and 0.1% Malbec, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley was aged for 17 months in French oak, 65% new. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, it rolls effortlessly out of the glass with notes of stewed plums, warm cassis and black raspberries with touches of pencil shavings, dried Provence herbs and tilled soil. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a real skip in its step, featuring bright, crunchy black and red fruits and a soft texture, finishing lively." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown

FROM THE WINERY

Vineyard notes:

The 2018 vintage combines select vineyards in Calistoga, Oak Knoll, St. Helena, Stags Leap, Diamond Mountain, and Yountville that complement our estate vineyards in Oakville and embody our long-established house style. Cabernet has been a hallmark of Far Niente’s winemaking program beginning with its very first vintage in 1982. The marriage of these diverse vineyard sites has allowed us to craft our finest expression of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine exemplifies our nearly four decades of mastery in growing and making Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Harvest Notes:

The 2018 growing season began with a dry January, followed by heavy, much needed rains throughout February and March. While budbreak and flowering occurred later than in the previous few vintages, the moderate spring weather ensured an even set and full crop. Summer saw mild temperatures with abundant sunshine, warm days, cool nights and foggy mornings. August saw some muggier, hazy days, however, vines continued to ripen slowly and evenly. We began harvesting our earliest Cabernet sites in Calistoga during the last week in September. Beautiful sunshine and moderate heat at harvest enabled fruit to reach optimal flavor maturity while mild weather allowed for an extended Cabernet harvest into fall. We wrapped up picking in November, with our last Oak Knoll fruit coming into the winery on November 6.

Tasting Notes:

An elegant perfume of mixed berries, baking spice, dried lavender and thyme open onto a full palate layered with expansive mixed berry, black tea, toasted oak and spice flavors. Focused and fresh, fine grained tannins support the wine throughout, while the finish is silky, long and lifted.

Appellation: Napa Valley
Harvest Dates: September 26 –November 7, 2018
Skin Contact: 12 days, average
Aging: 17 months in French oak (65% new, 35% once-used)
Release Date: September 2020


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