(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.
Our 2007 Napa Valley Merlot boasts richly fruity aromas of ripe black plum and cherry fruit, complemented by savory roasted herb and toasted oak scents. Soft and open on the palate, with a round, luxurious texture and supple, seamless tannins, the wine’s lush black cherry and plum flavors culminate in a long, delectable finish brightened by a youthfully flinty, mineral-y tone. Sumptuous, elegant and beautifully balanced.
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
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2002 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Nov-06
Wine Spectator(From 2002 Vintage) Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/15/05
Wine Enthusiast(From 2002 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast