2002 Far Niente Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A brilliant offering from Far Niente, this blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot exhibits a dense opaque ruby/purple color as well as copious notes of ink, graphite, creme de cassis and charcoal. Layered, expansive, full-bodied and youthful, it can be drunk now or cellared for two decades. It is very impressive!
Intense, with a tannic structure, yet the plush currant, anise, earth and cedar flavors push to the forefront and show an excellent range of depth and concentration. The finish turns tight, with a burst of plum, berry, cedar and tobacco.
Wine & Spirits
With its ripe black fruit gloved seamlessly in oak, this vintage of Far Niente boasts Oakville élan and charm. It's soft and smooth, all the berry flavor tightly held by tannin, needing age to reach its full complexity.
Before you spend this much, you should know this isn’t a wine to enjoy now or even soon. It’s too tannic, too closed in. But chew on it and discover a rich core of blackberry, blueberry and cherry fruit. I don’t think it’s a classic Oakville Cab, but it should reward cellaring. Drink 2008 and beyond.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good full ruby. Brooding, medicinal aromas of cassis and mint. Primary and grapey but round, with cassis and licorice flavors along with a light weediness. Fairly dense, even chunky, but could use a bit more sweetness and pliancy. I suspect this rather old-style cabernet will reward cellaring.
90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot Vineyard Notes: Far Niente’s Cabernet Sauvignon is produced exclusively from grapes grown in the Oakville Viticultural Area of Napa Valley. Ninety percent of the grapes are from The Stelling Vineyard, our estate vineyard located behind the winery at the base of the western hills of Oakville. The remaining ten percent of the fruit comes from our Sullenger Vineyard and one other small estate in Oakville. Harvest Notes: The growing season was mild overall, but marked by a few notable weather events, including a light spring frost, heavy rain in May during bloom, cool temperatures in June and August and two heat spells in September. During harvest, we experienced absolutely no morning fog, and thus, no humidity. This very dry weather lasted for a couple of weeks into early September, and was followed by hot, drying winds toward the end of the month. We hadn’t seen winds like these since 1991, which was the year of the famous Oakland fire.