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Every weekend, we showcase and open a special bottle of wine for you to sample, hand-picked by our sommelier team.
Each wine has been chosen for its prestige and critical acclaim, available by the glass at cost price offering you the opportunity to broaden your vinous horizons.
1999 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California
£30 per 125ml glass. Current wine list price £240
Tonight, I have chosen to present one of the very oldest wineries in California, and the USA!
Way back in 1885, Far Niente was founded by John Benser in Oakville and, while stopped during Prohibition, Gil Nickel relaunched this winery in 1979. And Far Niente is proud to be the owner of the oldest intact bottle from California, a Muscat from 1886!
Meanwhile, the wine on show tonight is from the great vintage of 1999. This Bordeaux blend predominates in Cabernet Sauvignon with the addition of Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
Very well balanced and with a remarkable structure, this wine offers a moreish palate of very ripe dark fruits, sweet tobacco and a subtle earthy minerality. So well made is this wine that it evolves in the glass to show lead pencil and chocolate aromas.
On the palate, this wine shows a rich concentration and ripeness of fruits with silky texture and tannins. The finish is very long and well balanced and is perfect when paired with the lamb made by the chef tonight.
Please reserve your glass with reception before 7pm on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd May.