Far Niente Chardonnay 2018 - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake
Far Niente Chardonnay 2018
SKU: 11937

Far Niente Chardonnay 2018

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750ml
$69.99

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Category White Wine
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Region California, Napa Valley
Brand Far Niente
Alcohol/vol 14.3%
This impeccable Napa Chardonnay has crisp fruit flavors, such as yellow peaches and sweet tangerines, layered with toasty all-spice notes. The balance between the oak and fruit is remarkably seamless, and the wine is rich and full-bodied. Fermented in barrel, without malolactic fermentation, then aged for 9 months in French oak, Far Niente strives to capture the freshness of the fruit without overpowering the wine with oak aging.

Known for its luxurious art nouveau-style gold parchment label, as much as for the high quality wine inside the bottle, Far Niente wines also carry with them a bit of American history. Founded in 1885 by John Benson, Far Niente prospered until the onset of Prohibition in 1919, when it was abandoned and left to fall into disrepair. Sixty years later, in 1979, Gil Nickel purchased the winery and adjacent vineyard and began a three-year restoration of the property. During restoration, the original name, Far Niente, from an Italian phrase that romantically translated means 'without a care,' was found carved in stone on the front of the building where it remains to this day. Far Niente's past and present were reunited in 1998, when a bottle of Far Niente Sweet Muscat, vintage 1886, was discovered in a private cellar in Marin County, California. The bottle exhibits the original label, cork and capsule, and is believed to be the oldest intact bottle of California wine in existence today.
Wine Spectator
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Rich and juicy, with oaky accents to the dried apple and glazed apricot flavors. The well-structured finish is filled with savory and buttery notes. Drink now through 2023.

Kim Marcus, August 31, 2020

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