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84 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

Our 2006 Merlot impresses right off the bat with pretty black cherry and dark plum aromas that gain complexity from subtle earth, hazelnut, black tea, cocoa and toasty oak tones. On the beautifully structured palate, the wine offers pure, concentrated, black cherry and plum flavors balanced by bright acidity and round, supple tannins, concluding in a long, elegant finish that showcases a refreshing minerality and savory black-tea spice tone.

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    WS: lean and earthy; modest plum and leather; 3K cases

    about 3 years
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    lynette had at table at ruths chris for bday. 2010

    about 6 years
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    Best Merlot I have had in a long while.

    about 5 years
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    good merlot, earthy

    about 6 years
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    4 months
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