Far Niente Winery Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016

$59.99

Far Niente makes one of Napa Valley's classic Chardonnays - limited. The Far Niente 2016 Estate Chardonnay Napa Valley offers up a bevy of aromas of melon, hazelnut, citrus, fig and spice are complimented by toasty notes in the nose. The palate offers a full entry with floral notes that lead through layers of fruit that give structure and complexity. The length and balance are impressive as they lead to a mouth watering finish. Far Niente Chardonnay is a careful blend of estate vineyards that grow in the cooler southern areas of the Napa Valley. Once winemaker Stephanie Putnam determined when to pick each block, the grapes were hand picked, sorted, pressed and then the juice was settled. Fermentation in french oak barrels usually lasts about three weeks and then the wine is aged on its yeast for another 8-9 months before the final blend is determined.

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Ratings on Delectable

Mark Flesher

Much more stone-ground and mineral driven than previous vintages of this from my memory. This wine starts off with limestone and honeydew melon. More acidic. Not very rounded and perhaps a touch out of balance. However, this wine has a complexity that will continue to improve as the years go on. I definitely attribute this lack of balance to the youth of this wine.

Much more stone-ground and mineral driven than previous vintages of this from my memory. This wine starts off with limestone and honeydew melon. More acidic. Not very rounded and perhaps a touch out of balance. However, this wine has a complexity that will continue to improve as the years go on. I definitely attribute this lack of balance to the youth of this wine.

9.2

Rich Mueller

Solid cali.

Solid cali.

9.2

Garrett Parker

Another solid Chardonnay from Far Niente.

Another solid Chardonnay from Far Niente.

9.0

Peggy Hadley

Staying at The Breakers. Pre wedding planning for my Niece Came upon a Far Niente wine dinner.

Staying at The Breakers. Pre wedding planning for my Niece Came upon a Far Niente wine dinner.

9.1

Colin Cahoon

Lemon and oak nose. Vanilla and citrus on the palate with a buttery smooth texture. A clean acid finish. This is a classic Napa chard.

Lemon and oak nose. Vanilla and citrus on the palate with a buttery smooth texture. A clean acid finish. This is a classic Napa chard.

9.2

Hannah Vickers

Still one of my favourite Chardonnays in the world

Still one of my favourite Chardonnays in the world

8.7

Lisa McKinnon

Minerally yet moderately fruit-forward with notes of apple, pear, and honey. Perfect with halibut.

Minerally yet moderately fruit-forward with notes of apple, pear, and honey. Perfect with halibut.

9.1

Frank Soldano

Drinking the 2016 in 2018. Clear golden color. Long lasting legs. Bouquet is rich with apple and honeysuckle. Very smooth crisp flavor for a young wine. Hints of pears, apple and oak. Very nice wine for a light meal or summer afternoon.

Drinking the 2016 in 2018. Clear golden color. Long lasting legs. Bouquet is rich with apple and honeysuckle. Very smooth crisp flavor for a young wine. Hints of pears, apple and oak. Very nice wine for a light meal or summer afternoon.

9.7

George Hesse

Good higher end California Chardonnay

Good higher end California Chardonnay

8.9

Frank Lin

Beautiful Chardonnay. Balance of fragrance and fruity acidity. Crisp. The entire family liked it.

Beautiful Chardonnay. Balance of fragrance and fruity acidity. Crisp. The entire family liked it.

9.1

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