The justly admired Oakville winery has been a Napa Valley fixture since 1979, when it was founded by the late Gil Nickel. From the outset the winemaker has been Dirk Hampson, though today he keeps a knowing eye on the winery’s young winemaking team. But his steady presence, as well as that of the Nickel family, has ensured a consistency of style over the decades. Today all wines are estate-grown, and the vineyards are close to Martha’s Vineyard and other iconic sites. This wine is aged for 17 months in more than 80% new oak, and is always rich and polished.
A great effort from Far Niente in this truly magnificent vintage, with its similarities to 2002, the Far Niente 2012 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon has a dense purple color, plenty of structure and aging potential, and an impressive inner core of sweet crème de cassis fruit, licorice and background vanilla. This wine is still very much an infant in its evolution, and should keep for 20-30 years. Many 2012s are excessively generous, open-knit and fleshy, but this is holding a lot back. And wow, it is 'locked and loaded.' I wouldn’t be surprised to see this wine increase in score in about 5-10 years, and actually merit an even higher score. Bravo! (RP) 94+
Gentle on the front palate, this gorgeously rendered Cabernet Sauvignon, with smatterings of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, develops weight and body as it goes, while retaining classic restraint. Cherry and cassis counterpoise layers of toasty oak, cedar and silky tannins, finishing balanced. (VB)
Far Niente's 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is gorgeous. Layers of dark, mocha and spice-infused fruit meld together as this sumptuous, resonant Cabernet Sauvignon shows off its volume and breadth. Underlying beams of tannin give the 2012 its length and attractive sense of drive to balance the generous fruit. The 2012 could use another year or two in barrel, but it is already quite striking. There is a lot going on in this complex, highly nuanced Cabernet Sauvignon. (AG)
Fruit-forward style of Napa Cabernet with lots of dried fruits such as prunes and raisins. Full body, round tannins and a fresh finish. It remains fruity and clean.
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