Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon

Cakebread Cellars

Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: America / California / Napa Valley

Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted from two exceptional vineyards in Napa Valley’s gently sloping western benchlands, including Jack Cakebread’s Hill Ranch in the heart of the famed Rutherford appellation not far from the winery. Both sites benefit from an ideal eastern exposure, well-drained alluvial soils and mild summer afternoons, resulting in uniform fruit ripening and cabernet sauvignons that are simultaneously opulent and elegant. Winemaker Julianne Laks carefully tailors tank sizes, yeast strains, fermentation temperatures and maceration techniques to the attributes of each of the lots from eight separate vineyard blocks containing four superior cabernet sauvignon clones (4, 7, 15 and 337). Such specialized fermentations, combined with lot-specific barrel aging regimens, ensure that the finest attributes of each vineyard are reflected in the final blend.

94+ Points

2013 vintage
92 Points

2013 vintage
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tasting note

Ripe, dramatically concentrated aromas of boysenberry, blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, coupled with seductive chocolate and loam scents, introduce a lush palate of luxurious dark berry, cassis, black fig and dark chocolate flavors framed by round, supple tannins. Seamlessly structured and beautifully balanced, with a very long, sumptuous finish, Benchland Select is irresistibly delicious now, but will handsomely reward another 7-10 years of bottle age.

food pairing

Pairs well with rich beef, pork or lamb dishes.

points of distinction

  • 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from two prime benchland vineyards in Rutherford and Oakville
  • Each lot fermented and matured separately to ensure utmost fruit and terroir expression before blending
  • Matured 22 months in French oak (54% new)
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