“Estate Bottled” Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
(Oakville, Napa Valley, CA) $200
One of Napa Valley’s magnificent historic stone wineries, Far Niente (the name means “without a care” in Italian) was founded in 1885. The winery and exquisitely sited vineyards are poised up on a bench in the western hills of Oakville. Abandoned in 1919 at the onset of Prohibition, it was bought in 1979 and painstakingly restored by the late Gil Nickel, whose family continue as co-owners. With its beautifully polished tannins, the 2017 is rich without being heavy and the flavors (black currants, forest, damp earth, and spices) are very alive.
Available at Far Niente