Winery: Cakebread Cellars
Region: California - Napa Valley
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon)
Wine Style: Red - Bold and Structured
Food Pairing: Beef, Lamb, Game, Mature and Hard Cheese, Chicken
Reviews: 91 Points Robert Parker
Winemaker Notes & Critical Acclaim:
Deep shades of purple, and rich dark-red hues, signal that this is a quintessential Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of ripe blackberry, boysenberry, dark chocolate and notes of oak precede balanced acidity and firm tannins. With forward fruit, and welcome mineral undertones, this is a perfectly balanced wine that is approachable now, yet will age beautifully. The grapes from throughout the valley that were farmed to make this wine, provide a natural diversity of flavors. Blend: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot - Winemaker Note
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, aged for 17 months in 56% new French oak. Very deep garnet-purple in color, it comes strutting out of the glass with confident, classic cassis, warm plums and cedar chest notes with touches of pencil lead, bouquet garni and tilled soil plus a waft of cloves. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is laden with bags of black fruit and spicy sparks, framed by firm, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing on a lingering earthy note. - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
About The Producer:
"Cakebread Cellars, in the Rutherford AVA of Napa Valley, is one of the best-known family-owned and operated producers in California. It is best known for wines made from Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon and it is one of the most popular names on U.S. restaurant winelists.
Founded in 1973 by Jack and Dolores Cakebread, it was expanded in 1982 through the purchase of adjacent land. Cakebread now has 15 estate vineyards, considered the optimal size, and has not grown anymore since 2005. The winery produces around 175,000 cases a year.
Cakebread's flagship wines are the Napa Chardonnay and Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, but there is also a range of single-vineyard and estate wines. These include an Anderson Valley AVA Pinot Noir and a Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. In 2008, the winery became Napa Green Certified, as well as being a part of the Napa River Restoration Project.
The goal in the vineyard is to get fully ripe grapes, but with a lower value Brix to ensure a more restrained style of wine than Napa is famous for. The Chardonnay is 90-percent barrel-fermented, with roughly one-third of that taking place in new oak. Only 10 percent is allowed to go through malolactic fermentation.
Cakebread Wineries recently opened a second label in Walla Walla, Washington called Mullan Road Cellars. It released an inaugural 1500 cases of a Bordeaux-style blend in 2014."