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Far Niente Cab Day 2014

02.11.14

It takes more than a few drops of rain to keep our wine club members away from our annual Cabernet celebration. This was proven true Saturday, February 8, when, next to a wine glass, an umbrella was definitely the accessory of the day. Some might say that there is nothing better than tasting wine on a rainy day, deep within the caves beneath Far Niente winery. What were we celebrating? Our newest Cabernet release--the 2011 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley. Guests were greeted on our crush pad, which had been transformed with tenting, chandeliers and thick carpets. With 2012 Far Niente Chardonnay in hand, they entered the candelit caves where treasures of wine and food awaited. Here's what they discovered: 2005 Far Niente Cave Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley - Dark purple and black cherry aromas with hints of tobacco and dried flowers give way to classic bottle bouquet. The silky, soft entry leads to flavors of black cherry fruit, beautifully structured through the midpalate with finely grained, melting tannins. (Tasted January 2014) 2008 Far Niente Cave Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley - Black cherry aromas are supported by warm baking spices, toasty oak and a hint of molasses. the juicy, dark entry carries promised flavors of cherry and molasses, while the fleshy structure fills across the midpalate and progresses into a rich and melting finish. (Tasted January 2014) 2009 Far Niente Cave Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley - Bright mixed berry and black cherry fruit with notes of floral, cedar and tobacco round out the aromas. The full entry leads to a broad palate focused on dark, berry fruit and supported by juicy oak, evolving to a chewy finish with firm, mouthwatering tannins. (Tasted January 2014) Our Newest Release! 2011 Far Niente Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley - This wine offers aromas of tobacco leaf, dark cherry and a whisper of floral perfume. A silky entry leads to a juicy midpalate of red fuit and earth. Fine tannins carry a light briar note, lingering on an elegant finish. The day was topped off with 2007 Dolce, Napa Valley and an array of desserts--of course! What was it like to attend Far Niente Cab Day? Take a look at this selection of Instagram pics: We also put up a few snapshots from the day on our Facebook page.

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