WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    100% Chardonnay
  • APPELLATION
    100% Estate Carneros, Napa Valley
  • ALCOHOL
    14.30%
  • SIZE
    750ml
  • AGING/COOPERAGE
    15 months sur lie in 35% new French oak barrels with periodic stirring of the yeast lees

91pts Wine Spectator: Well-framed, with concentrated green apple, nectarine and melon flavors that are supported by fresh acidity. The spicy finish offers mineral and white cherry notes. 2,000 cases made.

From the Winery: The grapes for our Chardonnay Reserve come exclusively from our four estate vineyards in the Carneros district of southern Napa Valley. These cool-climate sites provide ideal conditions for cultivating world-class chardonnay. Our nine superior clones of the variety further enhance the quality and complexity of this wine, with each contributing desirable traits to the final blend. By fermenting and barrel-aging each clonal selection separately – using French oak barrels tailored to the particular character of each lot – and blending only the very best lots – we’re able to craft a rich, luxurious chardonnay boasting layers of captivating aromas and flavors.

Cakebread Cellars began in 1973 with the vineyard lands on the original 22-acre property in Rutherford. Over the years, the family has acquired additional vineyards throughout Napa Valley and the North Coast. Today, the winery owns 15 sites totaling 560 vineyard acres in Carneros, Rutherford, Howell Mountain and Anderson Valley as well as other prime locations in Napa.

TASTING NOTES 

Seductive, slightly floral aromas of creamy golden apple and honeydew melon, with complementary scents of crème brulee, yeast and mineral, preface a lush, full-bodied palate offering intense and expansive melon, peach and apple flavors accentuated by fresh, perfectly balanced acidity. The wine’s long, elegant and focused finish showcases bright, apple-y flavors with hints of citrus, mineral and oak spice. This delicious and complex Carneros Napa Valley chardonnay is eminently enjoyable now, but it will gain further complexity with another 5-7 years aging.