The grapes to produce Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Far Niente were manually sorted in the winery, in order to select the very best fruit from the harvest. Fermentation took place with selected yeasts in stainless steel tanks with pump-overs, followed by 15 days’ skin contact maceration to extract the desired levels of colour, fruit flavours and fine tannins. Once fermentation was complete, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Far Niente was matured for 17 months in French oak, of which 68% was new and 32% was second passage.
The Martin Stelling Vineyard, located behind the winery in Oakville, is the cornerstone of Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon. Planted on some of the most beautiful, gravelly loam soil in the Napa Valley, the vineyard uniformly produces wines with supple tannins, bright, vibrant fruit and beautiful tannin structure.
Far Niente 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 the advent of prohibition. Abandoned for over 60 years, the winery was purchased in 1979 by Gil Nickel who started the long process of restoring it. Today, they own 80 hectares of vineyard, across three different sites, of what many consider to be some of the finest viticultural land in the Napa Valley. Since restoration, the winery has been dedicated to the production of the finest Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon and worldwide demand always exceeds supply.