2012 Far Niente Cave Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville
2012 Far Niente Cave Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville
94+ points
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SKU: 001-CCS126

Uncork a bit of magic with this beautifully perfumed, supple, textured Cave Collection Cabernet Sauvignon. Cellared in optimal conditions, this acclaimed vintage is a testament to how beautifully our estate-grown and bottled Cabernet evolves over time.

Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest Date
October 3 - 29, 2012
17 months in French oak (83% new, 17% once-used)
Alcohol %
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The 2012 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon opens with aromas of mixed berry fruit, boysenberry, chocolate covered cherries, layered with hints of graphite and toasted oak. On the palate, a smooth entry is followed by intense, ripe berry notes. This wine is focused and silky through the midpalate, building to a finish with broad tannins and notes of cedar and toasted oak.
Vineyard Notes
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.
Production Notes
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! -- Robert Parker