2013 Far Niente Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
Sourced largely from the Martin Stelling Vineyard behind the winery in the western shade of Oakville, this wine opens with charred oak and a smoky, meaty character that intrigues. Seamless on the palate in soft, perceptible tannin, it delves into characteristics of cedar and brushy sage as it goes, unveiling a wildness that’s hard to contain. Its bright, fresh finish gives it a roundness that’s ready to enjoy now.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This iconic estate has produced the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot. Beautiful purity of expression characterizes this medium to full-bodied, concentrated, impeccably well-balanced Cabernet Sauvignon. The color is dense purple and the wine offers up notes of spring flowers a touch of background licorice and wood and pure floral crème de cassis and blackberry fruit. It’s full-bodied with a complete mid-palate and follow-through on the palate. The wine can be approached now, or cellared for 20 or more years. 94+ points. (RP)
A soft and silky red with chocolate, blackberry and currant aromas and flavors. Round and full. Sexy young cab that seduces you with its softness. Drink or hold.
A dark, explosive wine, the 2013 hits the palate with masses of dark, super-concentrated fruit. Spice, new leather, menthol and tobacco appear with air to round things out. The 2013 is not especially subtle, but it is racy, opulent and voluptuous, all qualities that will hold considerable appeal to readers looking for immediacy and near-term pleasure, all of which the 2013 has in abundance. (AG)
Aromatics of dusty cocoa move into a palate of gunmetal, fresh tobacco, and fresh blackcurrant. Bitter chocolate and espresso carry through a long finish into notes of sweet spice with caramel. Wants a bit more time in bottle to integrate and develop. 17/20 points. Drink 2019-2026. (ECB)