2005 Far Niente Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
*Cellar Selection* A fantastic Cabernet that stuns now for authenticity and power, and should develop for many years. Despite the large production, lower than that of many first growth Bordeaux, the wine, which has tiny amounts of Cab Franc and Petit Verdot, shows classic Oakville elegance and precision. Rich in black currants, blackberries, cherries and dark chocolate, it should hit its stride from 2011 through 2017.
Wine & Spirits
A textural pleasure, this is a dense, supple cabernet built for steak. As a young wine, the flavors are mainly from the tannin, with the smokines and chocolate richness derived from aging in oak. Save it for closing a deal.
Far Niente's 2005 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon combines fruit from a variety of sites, blending the supple, sweet fruit from the flatter portion of the Martin Stelling Vineyard with more tannic, structured fruit from Halter Valley, in the gently rolling Mayacamas foothills. A small percentage of fruit from Nickel & Nickel's Sullenger Vineyard rounds out the blend, creating a wine of balance, with the depth and concentration expected from an Oakville Cab. A cooler, longer growing season in 2005 and extended contact with the skins add elegance and rich color to a wine thick with black fruit, anise and jammy blackberry flavors. Soft on the approach, there is plenty of weight on the wine's mid-palate framed by velvety tannins on the finish.