Far Niente Chardonnay 2019 (750 ml)

  • TP: 95
  • WE: 94

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Tasting Notes and Description

Tasting Notes For Far Niente Chardonnay 2019

Far Niente Chardonnay is a blend of superlative Napa Valley vineyards located in 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 flavors, complex aromas and uncommon richness that have long been associated with Far Niente Chardonnay.

The 2019 season started out with dry conditions and low snowpack in January but February and March brought heavy and much needed rains. Budbreak and flowering followed slightly later than in the previous vintages, but the moderate spring weather ensured an even set and abundant crop. Summer saw relatively mild temperatures with plenty of sunshine; the warm days were coupled with cool nights and foggy mornings. Chardonnay harvest finally began just after Labor Day, and steadily continued for five weeks. Beautiful sunshine and moderate heat at harvest allowed the large crop to reach optimal flavor maturity with only gradual increases in sugar levels.

Classic Far Niente style with aromas of grilled citrus, melon and honeysuckle with hints of white fig, gardenia and toasted hazelnuts, background of mild toasted oak that adds supportive warmth and richness. A silky entry builds on the palate with a rich texture that continues to evolve. Possessing great structure and length, a sweet core of melon and citrus is supported by white floral and toasted vanilla and baking spice notes. The broad mid palate comes back together with a long bright finish.

Critic Ratings

Wine Enthusiast Review - Published 9/1/2021 - Rated 94:
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. VIRGINIE BOONE

Tasting Panel Review - Rated 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.

Winery Far Niente
Country United States
Region Napa ValleyCalifornia
Year 2019
Grape Varietal Chardonnay
Size 750 ML
ABV 14.3%
Wine Style White Wine

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