Friday, September 16, 2011

Nickle & Nickle Far Niente Napa Valley Chardonnay

La, La, La, Means I Love You by the Delfonics expresses how I feel about the Nickle And Nickle Far Niente Napa Valley 2009 Chardonnay, $48.44-$56.99, 95 points.
I heard a popular sommelier mention that Far Niente is the quintessential California Chardonnay, my brother, writing in an old note-book, expressed glorious impressions of two vintages of Far Niente, and rumors abounded concerning this very expensive Chardonnay. Oh, the Maine lobster was $4.99 a pound.
Well, when the lower price was offered, the "Dare-Devil" lure swooshed close by me, and the good trout that I am, struck, and now I'm smitten, I'm hooked on the most beautiful Chardonnay I've tasted. How will I ever drink Bare Foot Chardonnay again! As David Boyer would say: "it will ruin your life for a while. . ." 
For the record, the color is a light golden crystal, the aroma (Cold) jumps out of the bottle with apple and pineapple, and a hint of grapefruit, this carries over to a gentle creamy palate, balanced and immaculate, with a hint of ginger on the finish.
Definitely a wine to store for the perfect occasion. 


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  1. Not a big oaked Chard fan, but I agree that Far Niente is one of the best. I like it when it's well balanced, such as this one, & far from Chateau Two-by-Four.

    And Barefoot? Oh, I do hope you were kidding about drinking it. Blech.

  2. Hi Claire, I noticed your comment appreciating the Far Niente, and so I looked-up Bigger Than Your Head's Fredric K. to see what he says: he likes it along with you. Nice to know we "swim in the same sea".
    As for the Bare Foot, I tried it once, and I agree with you there as well.
    If you have a suggestion, Chardonnay is 15% off 12 bottles right now.
    I visited your "No Sweat" blog last week, but I didn't see any new comments or postings, but it's always good to hear from you.
    Be good,

  3. I hate to say I told you so, and I am a bit jealous that I can't afford to indulge in such decadence. Paula and I love the review!

  4. Peter, I can't afford it either, but you are two to my one.
    I was wishing you were with Ethan and me:-(

    1. Peter, I was just comparing prices: today is July 2,2012, not quite a year later and the price is $60.99, and that's an increase of $4; few wines are the same price, but the reality is that inflation is firmly ensconced in our economy.