Far Niente Chardonnay Napa Valley 2016
6 Bottles: £359.22
Country - USA
Region - California
Grape Varieties - Chardonnay 100%
Alcohol by volume - 14.5%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Far Niente
Tasting notes - This wine opens with delicate aromas of citrus blossom, honeydew melon, pear, flint and toasted almonds. The palate is silky with pear and citrus flavours. Refreshing acidity leads to a juicy finish, layered with toasted oak.
Beautifully and richly textured elegant wine with floral
notes combined with fresh butter and balanced oak
through to a wonderfully long and white pepper finish.
Far Niente, one of the earliest stone wineries, derives its name from the Italian phrase
"Dolce Far Niente" (how sweet it is to do nothing). It was founded in 1885 and
flourished until prohibition. Abandoned for over 60 years, the winery was purchased
in 1979 by Gil Nickel. He started the long process of restoring it. Far Niente's quest to
produce outstanding wines of distinctive character has led them to a philosophy
that requires vineyard ownership. Today, they own 200 acres (3 different vineyard
sites) of what many regard as some of the finest vineyard land in the Napa Valley.
Far Niente Chardonnay is a blend of superlative Napa Valley vineyards, many of
which are located in a little-known area called Coombsville, a cool growing region
nestled in the rolling countryside and protected by the hills east of the city of Napa.
Coombsville offers the characteristic climate of Carneros, with less wind, along with
deeper, well-drained gravelly loam and volcanic ash soils. The combination of these
spectacular vineyards results in the subtle, tropical flavours, complex aromas and
uncommon richness that we have long associated with Far Niente Chardonnay
The hand harvested grapes were brought to the winery in small bins and sorted by
hand to assure the finest quality. Fermentation began in temperature controlled
stainless steel tanks and then racked into a high percentage of new French
Burgundy oak barrels to complete the fermentation in the caves and old stone
cellars. The wine was aged for nine months on its fine lees for additional depth,
complexity and texture The maturation took place in French oak barrels (61% new,
39% used once).
This wine opens with delicate aromas of citrus blossom, honeydew melon, pear, flint
and toasted almonds. The palate is silky with pear and citrus flavours. Refreshing
acidity leads to a juicy finish, layered with toasted oak.
Ideal with pan fried scallops or lobster thermidor.
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