A brilliant offering from Far Niente, this blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot exhibits a dense opaque ruby/purple color as well as copious notes of ink, graphite, creme de cassis and charcoal. Layered, expansive, full-bodied and youthful, it can be drunk now or cellared for two decades. It is very impressive! (RP)
Intense, with a tannic structure, yet the plush currant, anise, earth and cedar flavors push to the forefront and show an excellent range of depth and concentration. The finish turns tight, with a burst of plum, berry, cedar and tobacco. (JL)
With its ripe black fruit gloved seamlessly in oak, this vintage of Far Niente boasts Oakville élan and charm. It's soft and smooth, all the berry flavor tightly held by tannin, needing age to reach its full complexity.
Before you spend this much, you should know this isn’t a wine to enjoy now or even soon. It’s too tannic, too closed in. But chew on it and discover a rich core of blackberry, blueberry and cherry fruit. I don’t think it’s a classic Oakville Cab, but it should reward cellaring. Drink 2008 and beyond.
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