This 2012 Far Niente Chardonnay opens with delicate aromas of citrus blossom, honeydew melon, pear, flint and toasted almonds. The entry is silky with pear and citrus flavors. Refreshing acidity leads to a juicy finish, layered with toasted oak. After relatively normal winter, the 2012 growing season started out with a wet and cool spring. The rains and low temperatures extended the time between bud break and bloom. This initial delay in vine development, coupled with a mild summer, pushed the Chardonnay harvest well into September. The threat of rain in October accelerated harvesting. The cool season allowed of great flavor development at lower sugars.
Far Niente Chardonnay is a blend of superlative Napa Valley vineyards, many of which are located in a little known area called Coombsville, a cool growing region nestled in the rolling countryside and protected by the hills east of the city of Napa. Coombsville offers the characteristic climate of Carneros, with less wind, along the deeper, week drained gravelly loam and volcanic ash soils. The combination of these spectacular vineyards results in the subtle, tropical flavors, complex aromas and uncommon richness that we have long associated with Far Niente Chardonnay.