far niente estate bottled cabernet '17
Aromas of mixed berry, chocolate, light earth and licorice lead into a full entry, with mixed berry flavors, a velvety mid-palate and a great backbone of coating, age-able tannin. Mouthwatering plum and blackberry flavors follow all the way through to the end. Layers of toasted oak are well integrated, adding structure and support to the ripe fruit flavors.
89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc.
"The heart of this wine comes from the Martin Stelling Vineyard around the producer's property in Oakville and it contains small amounts of Petit Verdot and Malbec. Smooth edges of tannin and oak melt away on the succulent palate, allowing layers of plum, berry and dark chocolate to impress."
94 points, Wine Enthusiast
"The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Bottled checks in as a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, and the balance Malbec. Sporting a deep purple hue as well as classy notes of black plums, blackcurrants, graphite, damp earth, and roasted herbs, it's rich, medium to full-bodied, has good acidity, building tannins, and a chalky minerality on the finish. Give it 3-4 years of bottle age and it will keep for 20 years or more."
93 points, Jeb Dunnuck
"A soft and delicious red with aromas and flavors of currants, blackberries and light vanilla. Medium-bodied, pretty and flavorful. Caressing and lovely. 95.5% cabernet Sauvignon, with petit verdot and malbec."
92 points, James Suckling
"Far Niente's 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is a gorgeous wine that captures all the natural radiance of the year. Super-ripe red cherry, mint, cedar, tobacco, spice and star anise give this wine striking exoticism and tons of character. Pliant and inviting, the 2017 is impeccably balanced. Best of all, it will drink well upon release.."
92 points, Vinous