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Cakebread Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

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(2004 Vintage) Cakebread Cellars has produced Sauvignon Blanc since the 1975 vintage, and has developed a style of wine which has become a benchmark for this varietal. The vineyards from which the wine is produced are primarily in the Rutherford and St. Helena areas near the Cakebread property, as well as the 20 acres of vines within the Cakebread estate. The warm microclimates in these areas allow the grapes to mature without excessive growth. Cakebread's interpretation of this wine is a classic expression of ...

(2004 Vintage)

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  • Appellation America
    (2005 Vintage) This wine is a perfect example of why winemakers hardly ever need to use new oak. While a small portion (13 percent) of this Sauvignon Blanc was barrel fermented, the French barrels were once used. After stainless steel tank fermentation for the balance of the wine, 75 percent of the total saw four months in 2-year-old wood, while the remainder never saw a barrel at all.What it all adds up to is a wine of elegance and lushness from only the kiss of wood. But more important, and because of the restrained oak regimen, winemaker Julianne Laks has coaxed Sauvignon Blanc typicity - hints of grassiness and read more...sweet pear. The Semillon adds the acidity, while the Sauvignon Musque - a SB clone with Muscat-like qualities - lends the wine its aromatics. The listed alcohol is 14.1 percent and the wine is extremely well balanced, though it’s a bit young right now. I expect it should age nicely for six to eight years.The grapes came primarily from Cakebread’s estate vineyards in Rutherford, as well as from vineyards in St. Helena and Calistoga to the north, the latter of which is the Maple Lane Vineyard. That vineyard is tucked against the hills just south of Calistoga. The vines are planted on the valley floor and grow into well drained, fertile soils.    (hide)
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2005 Vintage) Rather soft-spoken in fruit and less than convincing vis-a-vis any specific varietal herbs or grass, this clean but limited wine has a nice sense of palatal weight, but it ultimately has more feel than flavor. Its vaguely metallic finish is punctuated by an unwelcome note of bitterness, and nowhere does it display the richness or range to justify its premium price.
  • Wine Spectator
    (2005 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/06.
  • Wine & Spirits
    (2008 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 10/09. This lightly fragrant sauvignon has the classic "cat pee on a gooseberry bush" character of the grape. It's a clean and tart wine to serve with pasta tossed with English peas.
  • Wine Spectator
    (1992 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/15/93