Far Niente captures the upside of 2020 with a richly aromatic Chardonnay. It builds slowly and steadily on the palate, progressing from silky honeydew, nectarine and lemon zest to a full, oak-kissed finish. Crisp minerality and juicy acidity support the generous fruit and whisper sweet promises for an even brighter, richer future in store.
Far Niente’s focus is on two – and only two – wines: Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. They have never tried to be all things to all people. Instead, it’s about making sure that what’s done is done well. Utilizing only estate vineyards and adhering to a clearly defined house style, the winemaking team is able to deliver wines from one vintage to the next with obvious bloodlines. That sense of consistency and individuality is one common tie to all the great estates in winedom. Far Niente deserves to be mentioned in that elite company. Gil Nickel’s enduring legacy lives on in the glass.
With a mineral-driven, floral opening, this youthful wine is tight in texture, with light flavors of preserved lemon, apple and butter. A note of salty stone continues the mineral theme, the wine well balanced and complex in structure.