(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.
(From 2010 Vintage) The ripe, earthy, black cherry, dark plum and blackcurrant aromas of our 2010 Merlot introduce a palate full of rich plum, pomegranate and dark cherry flavors that take on a spicy tone in the wine’s long, fruitful finish. Boasting vibrant, concentrated flavors, fine tannins and good balancing acidity, this beautifully structured wine is alluring now.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesRating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Mar-06
Wine SpectatorRating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 06/30/04