Far Niente marks its decades-long commitment to exceptional winemaking in the heart of Napa Valley with the 40th anniversary release of the 2019 vintage of its Chardonnay. The 2019 vintage Chardonnay celebrates a milestone for the benchmark estate and embodies Far Niente’s vision of crafting a singular expression of the estate-driven and cellar-worthy Napa Valley Chardonnay. Far Niente, which romantically translated means “without a care,” produced its inaugural Chardonnay from the 1979 vintage 60 years after Prohibition shuttered the original stone winery in Oakville, Calif. It was the first wine made in the modern era, setting a benchmark for luxury Chardonnay in the Napa Valley, the company says. The vintage is made without malolactic fermentation and aims to be a “house style” that seamlessly balances grace, elegance, depth and length. “We set a goal from the very beginning to produce one of the world’s great Chardonnays, a wine that is as timeless as it is enjoyable to drink,” said Far Niente chairman and former winemaker Dirk Hampson, who produced the wines during the 1980s and 1990s, in a statement. “The vision was to keep improving the Chardonnay each vintage, crafting a harmonious style of wine that had it all, while remaining true to our core values.”