2015 Far Niente Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1326171 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 Just a dash of Petit Verdot is added to this wine, with the Cabernet Sauvignon coming from the Martin Stelling Vineyard that stands regally behind the winery. This starts off with soft aromas of cassis and red cherry, which appear on the palate that’s built by sizable tannins and texture. The richness is defined in dark chocolate, with just enough acidity to keep the mouthfeel succulent and lush. *Editors’ Choice* (VB)  (7/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Estate (composed of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot) has notions of fragrant earth, dried leaves and Chinese five spice over a core of black cherries, black currants and blueberries plus a waft of bouquet garni. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers intense, crunchy, youthful black fruits framed by fine-grained tannins and a lively backbone, finishing with an herbal lift. (LPB)  (2/2018)

93 points James Suckling

 Lots of ripe but not overripe cabernet character with blackcurrant compote, morello cherries, vanilla, spices and dust. Fresh black fruit on the palate with a pretty acid and tannin backbone. Minerally finish. Drink now or hold.  (12/2017)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Notes of crème de cassis, toasted spice, and sweet licorice all emerge from the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, which is based on 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot. Sweetly fruited, upfront, charming and decadently styled, with ripe tannin and moderate concentration, it’s ideal for drinking anytime over the coming decade.  (12/2017)

91 points Vinous

 Far Niente's 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is gorgeous. Dark, voluptuous and inviting, the 2015 offers striking resonance, with silky tannins that add to the wine's sheer appeal. The flavors are bold and incisive in this dark, expressive Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon. Hints of mocha, chocolate, new leather and spice add lovely shades of nuance throughout. (AG)  (1/2018)

Wine Spectator

 Appealing for the supple, graceful, juicy plum, blueberry and wild berry fruit. A charming effort that's easy to drink. Drink now through 2028. (JL, Web-2018)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5