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Cakebread gave winemaker Julianne Laks free rein to scour estate-owned ranches and family-owned vineyards across Napa Valley to find the perfect blend of grapes guaranteed to create a truly magnificent Cab.
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.
One of the most respected wineries in North America, Cakebread is a second generation family business in California’s famous Napa Valley. With 40+ harvests under their belt, the Cakebread family welcomed the introduction of new farming techniques like night harvesting and whole cluster pressing, but their dedication to family and making the highest quality wines remains at the core of the business as it’s grown from family vineyard into an international multi-award winning wine company.
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is composed of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, aged for 17 months in 56% new French oak. Very deep purple-black colored, it has a pronounced nose of crème de cassis, blackberry tart and warm mulberries with touches of Chinese five spice, camphor and tar. Medium to full-bodied, the palate features loads of black fruit preserves, framed by chewy tannins and great freshness, finishing with a compelling herbal lift. ~90 WA
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