Far Niente Winery

Napa Valley Chardonnay

9.123 ratings
9.23 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
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1 of CA's oldest wineries, Far Niente, founded 1885 by John Benson. Winery flourished until Prohibition, when it was abandoned & fell into complete disrepair. Stately stone shell of a winery purchased in 1979 by Gil Nickel. A big wine! Tropical and stone fruit aromas with complex spice and oak notes. On the palate apple, peach and citrus flavors, creamy, with buttery toasty oak, fig/honey tones. Long finish ending with vibrant acidity & mineral character. Consistent. Tasting Sample! ‘18 bit better than ‘17.

1 of CA's oldest wineries, Far Niente, founded 1885 by John Benson. Winery flourished until Prohibition, when it was abandoned & fell into complete disrepair. Stately stone shell of a winery purchased in 1979 by Gil Nickel. A big wine! Tropical and stone fruit aromas with complex spice and oak notes. On the palate apple, peach and citrus flavors, creamy, with buttery toasty oak, fig/honey tones. Long finish ending with vibrant acidity & mineral character. Consistent. Tasting Sample! ‘18 bit better than ‘17.

1 person found it helpfulAug 12th, 2020
Jeff Orlowski

Full body, mildly dry, balanced. Lovely soft flavors of pears, green apples. Excellent!

Full body, mildly dry, balanced. Lovely soft flavors of pears, green apples. Excellent!

1 person found it helpfulSep 22nd, 2019
PM
9.2

Great Chardonnay. Enjoyed with family and friends.

Great Chardonnay. Enjoyed with family and friends.

1 person found it helpfulMay 12th, 2019
David Hale Smith

Absolutely fabulous with Mississippi Gulf crab bisque. Crispy.

Absolutely fabulous with Mississippi Gulf crab bisque. Crispy.

Oct 25th, 2021
K L
9.2

Heavier than we remembered. Very oaky and full bodied. Have to remember that.

Heavier than we remembered. Very oaky and full bodied. Have to remember that.

Apr 23rd, 2021
Andy Hock

Lemon, vanilla, oak. Nice acid balance. 2018 on the dock in Tahoe. A little smoky care of the Loyalton Fire. Be safe, drink well.

Lemon, vanilla, oak. Nice acid balance. 2018 on the dock in Tahoe. A little smoky care of the Loyalton Fire. Be safe, drink well.

Aug 18th, 2020
Chris Gorgone

“A glass of wine in her hand”

“A glass of wine in her hand”

Aug 12th, 2020
Ming L
9.0

Ripe and buttery. Oak is lavish but not over the top. Enough fruits and acidity for overall balance due to non MLF.
Immensely enjoyable.

Ripe and buttery. Oak is lavish but not over the top. Enough fruits and acidity for overall balance due to non MLF.
Immensely enjoyable.

Jun 24th, 2020
Robert S.

Thoroughly enjoyable Napa Chardonnay. Well worth the price in my opinion.

Thoroughly enjoyable Napa Chardonnay. Well worth the price in my opinion.

May 4th, 2020
Lauren Young

Very round but flat, not in a bad way

Very round but flat, not in a bad way

Dec 5th, 2019