Far Niente is consistently recognized as a benchmark producer of Napa Valley Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Theirs is an unparalleled level of time-honored winemaking traditions. There’s not one aspect of Far Niente that isn’t touched by their passion and precision.
The 2021 Far Niente Chardonnay is a blend of superlative Napa Valley vineyards located in Coombsville, a cool growing region nestled in the rolling countryside and protected by the hills east of the city of Napa. Coombsville offers the characteristic climate of Carneros, with less wind, along with deeper, well-drained gravelly loam and volcanic ash soils. The combination of these spectacular vineyards results in the subtle, tropical flavors, complex aromas and uncommon richness that have long been associated with Far Niente Chardonnay.
The 2021 growing season began with very little rain for the second year in a row, and the dry and warm spring us early budbreak and bloom. The summer months were mild with few heat spikes, allowing the vines to slowly ripen and yield small but intensely flavored grapes. We began Chardonnay harvest at our earliest sites in late August and the continued moderate temperatures into the fall allowed us to slowly and steadily bring the balance of fruit in throughout the month of September, with our last pick just before the month’s end. The intensity of flavor observed in the vineyard continued in the winery and is reflected in the finished wine. The fermentation is done 89% in barrel and 11% in stainless steel tank with no malolactic fermentation. It then ages for 10 months sur lie in French Oak barrels, 52% new and 48% once used.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored this 94 points saying "Mouth-coating, ripe-tasting and practically sweet with its abundant fruit flavors, this wine is a showstopper. Butter, toast and lemon zest aromas lead to baked apples, poached pears and marzipan flavors that are thankfully backed by persistent acidity that keeps the palate refreshed."