Far Niente Chardonnay 2019

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Far Niente Chardonnay 2019

Winemaker Notes

A classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with an opaque purple color and perfumed aroma of blackberry compote, orange blossom, cassis, creme brulee, and cocoa; the wine is plush concentrated on the palate with well-integrated tannins and a vibrant finish. Lush enough to be consumed now and structured enough to hold for decades, thanks to the mountain heritage of this beautiful wine. 

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 Critical Acclaim

Wine Enthusiast 94: Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California. Spicy oak and bright acidity complement each other in this well-made white, which shows strong tones of crisp citrus and green apple. It builds body on the midpalate, with integrated woody notes and lasting richness.

Tasting Panel 95: Coombsville vineyards protected by the hills east of downtown Napa are home to this Chardonnay. They’re as cool as Carneros but less windy, with deeper soils of gravel and volcanic ash, and their influence on this dignified white shows in its complex persona. A fine balance of stone fruit, acid structure, and zingy citrus creates a tangible yet delicate mouthfeel. Honeysuckle and gardenia offer significant floral tones.

 

 Far Niente Story

Their history was shaped by dreamers, doers, and artisans — all pursuing perfection in winemaking. Far Niente was founded in Oakville, California, in 1885 by John Benson, a forty-niner of the California gold rush and uncle of the famous American impressionist painter Winslow Homer. Benson hired architect Hamden McIntyre, and together they worked to create an exquisite oasis in western Oakville.

Far Niente prospered until the onset of Prohibition in 1919. The gates closed, but the magic never truly disappeared from the property. Gil Nickel bought and restored the winery and neighboring vineyard sixty years later. This three-year-long labor of love put the label back on the map — and the National Register of Historic Places. He preserved the Far Niente name — an Italian phrase that romantically translated means ‘without a care.’ Nickel hoped to recapture a bygone era when life was true without care.

To this day, Far Niente is consistently recognized as a benchmark producer of Napa Valley Chardonnay and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Theirs is an unparalleled level of time-honored winemaking traditions. This has helped establish Far Niente as one of the world’s great wine estates.

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