1986 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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About the Wine

The Far Niente Winery was established in 1885 by John Benson, a forty-niner of the California gold rush and uncle of the famous American impressionist painter, Winslow Homer. Artistry clearly ran in the family because Benson hired Hamden McIntyre, creator of the former Christian Brothers Winery—now the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone—to design the building. The building itself is a piece of art designed to both astound the eye, and the palate, since it functioned as a gravity flow winery, gently moving the grapes through each stage of production.

Far Niente prospered until the onset of Prohibition in 1919, whereupon it fell into disrepair. Sixty years later, in 1979, Gil Nickel purchased the winery and adjacent vineyard and began a three-year restoration process which resulted in its placement on the National Register of Historic Places.

Far Niente has been growing and making Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley since 1982. Rooted exclusively in Oakville, Far Niente Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Oakvilleis the most iconic Cabernet in the portfolio.

"Far Niente" is Italian for "do nothing."


This wine was one of Far Niente's early successes, yet, at age 10, it's showing some diluted, earthy flavors. With aeration, however, it exhibits a core of currant, cherry and toasty oak flavors, and it is well balanced. Best to drink soon.--1986 California Cabernet horizontal. 12,000 cases made. ~87WS