Far Niente Estate Bottled Chardonnay 2005

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So I was in Toronto over the weekend for a law competition, which went fantastically well, despite my team not getting picked for the final (but we were robbed!). This little excursion gave me the chance to catch up with some good friends from back in the days when I used to live in that dread city. To celebrate our brief reunion we decided to open a bottle of Far Niente Chardonnay. Now, I have to say that the actual winery Far Niente in Napa Valley is annoyingly pretentious and made for super-rich people to feel good about themselves. However, they do make absolutely killer wine, and this bottle is no exception.

It has a quality oak backbone, but is not in any way overly-oaky. In fact, this chard has a wonderful crisp acidity that gives it a beautiful freshness. But, it also has a supremely velvety texture which just provides tremendous satisfaction when swishing the wine around your mouth. I detected a hint of nuttyness, but couldn’t really place that flavour well. The wine is beautifully balanced, has nice length and drinks amazingly well at room temperature. All in all this wine was a great wine for a great occasion: if you like Chard, this is one to get.

$? (probably over $60 here)


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