February 2020

Dear Cabernet Lover, Not only are we kicking off the new year with your debut shipment of 2017 wines, but we’re also including two of our highest-scoring Cabernets from the vintage, along with the debut of a brand new single-vineyard wine, our first ever from the acclaimed Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. While we’ll be the first to say that the heart and soul of a wine won’t be found in a rating or score, we’re thrilled that the latest reviews from The Wine Advocate speak to the extraordinary care our winemaking team takes in crafting small-lot, single-vineyard wines. We’re so excited to warm your winter tables with these extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignons. They’re powerful, refined and beautifully expressive of the Napa Valley vineyards in which they were grown. We hope you’ll be joining us to toast and taste these wines at our Oakville wineries sometime this year! Cheers,

Andrew Delos
Director of Winemaking


February 2020

Dear Cabernet Lover, Not only are we kicking off the new year with your debut shipment of 2017 wines, but we’re also including two of our highest-scoring Cabernets from the vintage, along with the debut of a brand new single-vineyard wine, our first ever from the acclaimed Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. While we’ll be the first to say that the heart and soul of a wine won’t be found in a rating or score, we’re thrilled that the latest reviews from The Wine Advocate speak to the extraordinary care our winemaking team takes in crafting small-lot, single-vineyard wines. We’re so excited to warm your winter tables with these extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignons. They’re powerful, refined and beautifully expressive of the Napa Valley vineyards in which they were grown. We hope you’ll be joining us to toast and taste these wines at our Oakville wineries sometime this year! Cheers,

Andrew Delos
Director of Winemaking


2017 Far Niente
Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon

Oakville, Napa Valley

Vineyard Description

The Martin Stelling Vineyard, located behind the winery in Oakville, is the cornerstone of Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon. Planted on some of the most beautiful, gravelly loam soil in the Napa Valley, the vineyard uniformly produces wines with supple tannins, bright, forward fruit, and beautiful tannin structure.

Sensory Evaluation

Aromas of mixed berry, chocolate, light earth and licorice. A thick entry, with mixed berry flavors, lush and structured midpalate with great backbone of coating, ageable tannin. Full and mouthwatering with flavors of plum, blackberry all the way through to the end. Layers of toasted sweet oak are well integrated, adding structure and support to the ripe fruit flavors.


Appellation

Oakville, Napa Valley

Varietal

95.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3.25% Petit Verdot, .25% Malbec

Aging

17 months in French oak barrels

  • 71% new
  • 29% once-used

Harvest Dates

October 2-27, 2017

Winemaker

Nicole Marchesi

Director of Winemaking

Dirk Hampson


2017 Nickel & Nickel
Vaca Vista Cabernet Sauvignon

Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley

Vineyard Description

Vaca Vista Vineyard sits upon the valley floor in the Oak Knoll District and is our debut Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard in the appellation, set against a scenic backdrop of the Vaca Mountains to the east. The vineyard’s well-drained, gravelly soils and moderate climate provide even ripening, resulting in this structured and polished Cabernet Sauvignon.

Sensory Evaluation

Layered aromas of blue and black fruits waft from the glass at its first swirl. The wine further unravels on the palate with delightful purity of fruit. Flavors of plum, black currant and savory herb come alive from beginning to end. Full and  expressive, Vaca Vista’s subtle tannins are beautifully integrated, offering a sleek and long finish.


Appellation

Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley

Varietal

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Aging

18 months in French oak barrels

  • 48% new
  • 52% once-used

Harvest Dates

September 29- October 4, 2017

Director of Winemaking

Dirk Hampson


2017 Nickel & Nickel
State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

Yountville, Napa Valley

Vineyard Description

State Ranch is located northeast of the town of Yountville. The 23-acre vineyard is divided into two parcels by State Lane Road and consists of both older and younger vines. Many excellent wines are produced from this area, in part due to the rocky, loam soil which has excellent drainage throughout the year. The vines, as well as the clusters, are moderate in size and the vineyard gets full sun throughout the day. As the young vines mature, we will be harvesting many different clones to make the final wine. Nickel & Nickel selects fruit from 11 acres of the vineyard.

Sensory Evaluation

This wine demonstrates intrigue from the very start, with dark red and blue fruits on the nose. A medley of mixed berry flavors are complemented by subtle mineral notes. The texture is incredibly plush and velvety, showing ample balance, depth and complexity from beginning to end.


Appellation

Yountville, Napa Valley

Varietal

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Aging

16 months in French oak barrels

  • 48% new
  • 52% once-used

Harvest Date

October 3, 2017

Director of Winemaking

Dirk Hampson

Additional Notes