There are not too many wineries that are as notable and as consistent as Far Niente. Their beloved Napa Valley Cabernet comes from a who’s who of the best vineyard sites in Napa. It’s a seamless Cabernet blend sourced from Oakville, Stag’s Leap, Diamond Mountain, St. Helena, Calistoga, Oak Knoll and the winery’s estate fruit in Yountville.
It’s always absolutely killer – so they have no problem fetching the release price of $160/btl. In fact, they usually have a problem keeping enough inventory in stock to last the year. But in 2021, they’ve outdone themselves, releasing a Cabernet that is already one of the highest scored in the wine’s history. 97 Points from James Suckling, 96 more from Jeb Dunnuck and this restaurant and collectors favorite is in rare air. This is not to be missed.
97 Points, James Suckling
Blackcurrants, fresh mint and thyme, together with black olive-skin character here. It’s full and tannic with classic structure and depth. Solid.
96 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
The 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Estate is beautiful, with a perfumed, blue-fruited style as well as classic Cabernet smoked tobacco, flowery incense, spice, and chocolaty notes. Coming from the Stelling Vineyard, not far from Harlan, and made by Nicole Marchesi with consulting advice from Thomas Rivers Brown, this full-bodied, layered, very complete 2021 should round into form with just a few years of bottle age and evolve for 15-20 years. It’s a beautiful wine.
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Opus One due to the massive demand for the iconic wine has ballooned in prices to nearly $700/bottle. For that reason, I have no problem suggested the lights out second wine from this epic winery – the Operture. Overture is a multi-vintage cuvée of all five Bordeaux grape varieties, selected and seamlessly blended together to showcase the style and character of its big brother but in a much more approachable and ready to drink package. The new release combines the fantastic 2018 and 2019 vintages and does so flawlessly.
It’s always nice to be in good standing with one of the most beloved wine brands in America! Our special relationship with the Wagner has granted us incredible access on their newest release! These won’t last long! This is an opulent, powerful dark-fruited Cabernet with tightly woven tannins, that is just raring and ready to go. Textbook, full-bodied, revved up and ready to go, this new Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet is the definition of a crowd pleaser.
99 Points, James Suckling – 98 Points, Wine Enthusiast
“This is an exceptional vintage of this exceptional wine, its foundation built around 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, with dustings of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Beautiful in berry fruit, textured and refined tannin and hints of lavender, licorice and sage, it has complexity and energy in equal measure, lengthy and beautifully focused, a truly impressive achievement of site, vintage and winemaker.” -Wine Enthusiast
100 Pts, Lisa Perotti-Brown (Wine Independent) – 98 Pts, James Suckling – 98 Pts, Parker’s Wine Advocate
“Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose slowly unfurls to unveil beguiling floral notes of candied violets and rose oil over a core of creme de cassis, blackberry pie, and plum preserves, giving way to notions of licorice, Indian spices, iron ore, and crushed rocks. Full-bodied, the palate is jam-packed with taut, muscular black fruit layers, intertwined with gorgeous floral and exotic spice accents, and framed by firm, finely grained tannins with seamless freshness, finishing long and mineral-laced. Tightly coiled with so much latent energy waiting to explode, this is a spectacular expression of the vintage and Napanook vineyard. Still tightly coiled, give it a good 6-7 years in the cellar before broaching, and allow it a few hours in a decanter if consumed before 2032.”