Friday, April 9, 2010

Friday Wine Tasting... Destination Napa Far Niente

Far Niente Winery
Absolutely gorgeous grounds! The color of the tulips was amazing!Welcome Sign that greeted us on arrival

The Wine Cellar all French Oak The Owners' fun toys, A garage full of cars!My Dream Ride! Personal Wine Tasting to End the Tour

Sorry for the delay in getting up this week's Friday Wine Tasting. Wedding Season is definitely here and we have been super busy working on a number of exciting projects, upcoming photo shoots, and getting ready for the first wedding of the season next Saturday with Karyn and Paul at Saltwater Farm Vineyard. Can't wait to share their details with you!

Today's Wine Tasting takes us back to Napa Valley to one of my favorites Far Niente. Far Niente was definitely a highlight on the wine tour out in Calinfornia. From the minute we arrived at the gates we were greeted by Peggy, who took us on a very special tour of the winery, a behind the scenes look at what I think are some of the best wines we tried while out there. After an extensive tour of the winery and private look at the Owner's personal garage full of the most amazing cars we headed back inside for a tasting of absolutely delicious artisan cheeses and wines from their portfolio.

Husband and I were so fortunate to be joined on the tour with a really great couple, that happened to also be from Connecticut. We really enjoyed learning about their wine travels, and food experiences in Napa and around the world. They bike while visiting different wineries and restaurants in places that Adam and I dream of visiting. Next on our list thanks to our new friends is Quebec City, and we will also be bringing our bikes.


Far Niente:
"Since our first vintage of Chardonnay in 1979 and the introduction of Cabernet Sauvignon in 1982, Far Niente has held true to its philosophy of producing estate wines with a consistent house style.

While many wineries make wine at several different quality levels, Far Niente produces one Chardonnay and one Cabernet Sauvignon of the highest quality possible from our estate vineyards; if the wine doesn’t meet expectations, it doesn’t make the final blend."

Wines: We tasted a fantastic estate Chardonnay, true Burgundian style, crisp and clean really delicious, two different years of their Cabernet Sauvignon, fantastic, and also had the opportunity to taste their late harvest Dolce, phenomenal! It was the kind of dessert wine that you just want to savor on your lips. It was a real treat to get to taste something that special! It was one of the wines we brought back with us, and they say we should wait another 5 years to drink it, which for me will be so difficult knowing how delicious it is! This is a must see on your trip to Napa, but you must call the winery to schedule an appointment in advance. Tell Peggy we say hello if you get there for a visit!

Dolce: "With a classic blend of late harvest Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, Dolce is the only American winery dedicated to producing a single late harvest wine. Dolce has brought forth a wine in every vintage, yet in small, unpredictable quantities; witness to the incredible difficulties presented every year in the effort to make Dolce.

Dolce is an extraordinary wine bred from a combination of sunshine, soil, fog, expertise and dedication; a wondrous luxury, limited by nature to always being a gift of absurd rarity.
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