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85 Ratings
Cakebread Cellars Merlot Napa Valley
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Wine Details

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

Wine Description

(From «nv» Vintage) Our Napa Valley Chardonnay offers fresh, lovely pear and ripe Granny Smith apple aromas with supporting mineral, baked bread and baking spice scents. Full and richly textured on the palate, the citrusy crisp, spiced-apple and pear flavors are enriched by yeast and toasty oak tones that extend into a very long, rich, minerally finish. Youthfully compact, with superb structure and an ideal balance of fresh fruit, acid and wood tones, this beautiful Napa Valley Chardonnay, one of Cakebread's very best, should develop in the bottle for another 3 to 5 years.

Winemaker's Notes

(From 2012 Vintage) Our 2012 Napa Valley Merlot immediately captures attention with its perfumed black cherry, red plum and blackberry aromas, which are nicely complemented by hints of mineral and dried herbs. Boasting considerable depth and concentration on the palate, the wine offers rich, vibrant, dark cherry and plum flavors, with notes of sage, tea-leaf spice and a flinty minerality adding zest to the long, cherry-laced finish.

Expert Reviews
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  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (From 2001 Vintage) Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Mar-06
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2001 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 06/30/04
  • Wine & Spirits
    (From 1998 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 1998 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 1995 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 118 on Aug-98