Cakebread Cellars Merlot Napa Valley
80 Ratings
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80 Ratings
Cakebread Cellars Merlot Napa Valley

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

Bright, sweet black cherry and plum compote aromas, complemented by tea-leaf spice and oak vanillin scents, introduce our lovely 2008 Napa Valley Merlot, which follows through on the smooth, round palate with succulent, mouthfilling, ripe cherry and plum flavors. Displaying a deep, expansive mid-palate, fine underlying structure and a lingering, zesty finish enlivened by black tea spice tones.

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

Bright, sweet black cherry and plum compote aromas, complemented by tea-leaf spice and oak vanillin scents, introduce our lovely 2008 Napa Valley Merlot, which follows through on the smooth, round palate with succulent, mouthfilling, ripe cherry and plum flavors. Displaying a deep, expansive mid-palate, fine underlying structure and a lingering, zesty finish enlivened by black tea spice tones.

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
  • 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