Tasting Notes: Pear, Citrus, Tropical Fruit, Vanilla
Far Niente was founded in 1885 by John Benson, a forty-niner of the California gold rush and uncle of the famous American impressionist painter, Winslow Homer. Far Niente prospered until the onset of Prohibition in 1919, when it was abandoned and left to fall into disrepair. Sixty years later, in 1979, Gil Nickel purchased the winery and adjacent vineyard and began a three-year restoration of the property, which resulted in placement on the National Register of Historical Places.
Far Niente Chardonnay has earned its reputation as one of the great white wines worthy of aging. This wine is a classic Far Niente Chard, with a full, firm structure, lush roundness, and a nice degree of freshness by virtue of the fact that it was precluded from undergoing malolactic fermentation. More Burgundian in nature than a buttery, New World style.
The palate is silky and layered with melon, apple, pear, pineapple, and citrus flavors along with hints of toasted vanilla and baking spices and a long, bright finish. Matches well with shellfish in a generous cream sauce.