Original
105 Ratings
Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay Reserve

Wine Details

Varietal

Chardonnay

Style

White

Wine Description

2010 was the first vintage produced entirely from estate vineyards – Cuttings Wharf, Milton Road and Foster Road – in the cool-climate Carneros district of southern Napa Valley. These prime sites are planted to six distinctive, high-quality clones of Chardonnay. The grapes were night harvested and whole-cluster pressed and the juice was inoculated with cultured and native yeast strains to foster greater complexity and a refreshing minerality. The juice was then fermented, 35% in new French oak barrels. Due to its perfect natural balance, it did not undergo malolactic fermentation. 15 months of barrel aging on its lees with periodic stirring further refined its round, creamy texture, vibrant, varietally expressive aromas and rich, concentrated flavors.

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    Very smooth

    about 1 month
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  • Wine Spectator
    (1998 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 08/31/01
  • Wine & Spirits
    (1998 Vintage) Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine
  • Wine Advocate
    (1995 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 112 on Aug-97
  • Wine Spectator
    (1995 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator
  • Wine Spectator
    (1991 Vintage) Rating: 81/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 03/31/93