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Cakebread Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley
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(2008 Vintage) Wine Tasting Notes Our Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc is redolent of citrus fruit (grapefruit, lime), melon, guava, fig, white peach, minerals, and hay, with a faint hint of oak. In the mouth, the wine is full and rich, but refreshingly crisp, with impressively focused citrus, melon and peach flavors that culminate in a mineral-y, lime-zest finish. Delightful to drink now, this classic Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc will blossom with an additional six months' bottle age and should be a pleasure to read more...Wine Tasting Notes Our Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc is redolent of citrus fruit (grapefruit, lime), melon, guava, fig, white peach, minerals, and hay, with a faint hint of oak. In the mouth, the wine is full and rich, but refreshingly crisp, with impressively focused citrus, melon and peach flavors that culminate in a mineral-y, lime-zest finish. Delightful to drink now, this classic Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc will blossom with an additional six months' bottle age and should be a pleasure to drink over the next 3-5 years, especially as an accompaniment to seafood and poultry dishes. (hide)

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    Bit more substance than a NZ SB. More buttery than expected. Enough acid to balance food. Some apricot on the nose along with hint of melon and kiwi.

    about 4 years
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    March 2011: Overly oaked. Nothing much to smell and the oak overpowered the rest of the wine. Ate with chicken.

    over 5 years
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    little bit dry and less smell than new Zealand S.C.

    almost 6 years
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    buttery with floral fruits. smooth not crisp

    almost 6 years
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    different taste not green well a green finish

    over 6 years
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    Click to add tasting notes

    about 5 years
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    sweet creamy smooth

    almost 6 years
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    Dry and crisp.

    over 5 years
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    delicious!

    over 6 years
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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