We have reopened for outdoor wine tastings! Click here for details and booking.

The Scent of Bloom

05.14.14

We were in our Coombsville Chardonnay vineyards just the other day, showing some friends the beauty of the rolling hills just east of the town of Napa, when Dirk Hampson (Director of Winemaking) asked everyone to carefully find one of the burgeoning grape clusters and give it a sniff. “There’s nothing like the smell of bloom,” he said.

He’s right. The sweet, delicate aroma of the tiny blossoms on brand new grape clusters is far more understated than jasmine or orange blossom, but the scent is distinct and just as pleasant, if not more so, in its subtlety.

Viticulturist Aaron Fishleder says that the flowering is a week to 10 days early this year for both Napa Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, and so far this next stage in the 2014 vintage looks just as it should.

[caption id="attachment_1924" align="aligncenter" width="600"]

2014 Far Niente Chardonnay, in bloom

2014 Far Niente Chardonnay, in bloom

Related Posts

Winery & Vineyard Life Our New Napa Cabernet is Our Finest Napa Valley Expression!

10.21.20

Our New Napa Cabernet is Our Finest Napa Valley Expression!

Introducing our Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley! Deeply reflective of Far Niente’s nearly four decades of crafting majestic Napa Cabernet, our Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley marries fruit from our estate vineyard in Oakville with hand-selected Cabernet lots from Calistoga, Oak Knoll, St. Helena, Stags Leap, Diamond Mountain, and Yountville.

LEARN MORE
Winery & Vineyard Life Russian River Wine Harvest, A Winemaker's Note

08.18.20

Russian River Wine Harvest, A Winemaker's Note

On the eve of our 2020 harvest, EnRoute Winemaker Michael Accurso penned this letter to all of our teams here at EnRoute and at the Far Niente Family of Wineries & Vineyards. We wanted to share his compelling, uplifting words with all of our winery family and friends.

LEARN MORE
Winery & Vineyard Life Non-Malolactic Fermentation and the Far Niente Chardonnay House Style

07.29.19

Non-Malolactic Fermentation and the Far Niente Chardonnay House Style

Non-malolactic fermentation. Although the phrase doesn’t roll easily off the tongue, Chardonnays made without it certainly can. And it’s essential to our Far Niente Chardonnay house style.

LEARN MORE

If you are at least 21 years of age and willing to accept cookies, please click enter.
ENTER
Book a Tour Call Us