Far Niente Chardonnay

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Far Niente Chardonnay 

Far Niente, one of the earliest stone wineries, derives its name from the Italian phrase Dolce Far Niente (how sweet it is to do nothing). It was founded in 1885 and flourished until prohibition. Abandoned for over 60 years, the winery was purchased in 1979 by Gil Nickel. He started the long process of restoring it. Far Niente’s quest to produce outstanding wines of distinctive character has led them to a philosophy that requires vineyard ownership. Today, they own 200 acres (3 different vineyard sites) of what many regard as some of the finest vineyard land in the Napa Valley. 

Vinification:
The hand harvested grapes were brought to the winery in small bins and sorted by hand to assure the finest quality. Fermentation began in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and then racked into a high percentage of new French Burgundy oak barrels to complete the fermentation in theircaves and old stone cellars. The wine was aged on its yeast lees for additionaldepth, complexity and texture. After 7 months of barrel ageing, each wine was evaluated as part of the blend. 
 
Tasting Note:
Far Niente Chardonnay is a classically structured wine that is both lush and round on the palate while displaying intensity of fruit and spicy oak aromas with a long and clean finish.

Additional Resources:
http://www.farniente.com/