Napa Valley Chardonnay

Cakebread Cellars

Napa Valley Chardonnay

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: America / California / Napa Valley

Fruit for the Napa Valley Chardonnay comes primarily from the cool-climate Carneros district at the southern tip of the valley. Subject to fog and cooling breezes from nearby San Pablo Bay, Carneros enjoys a long growing season that ripens its fruit fully while retaining the bright acidity that gives Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay its freshness and vitality. Carneros fruit is complemented with grapes from warmer sites in the valley that yield riper, fuller chardonnays, yielding a rich, yet elegant and complex chardonnay that drinks beautifully on release, but ages gracefully in the bottle. Grapes are hand-harvested at night to retain purity of flavor and bright natural acidity, then whole-cluster-pressed to further preserve freshness and varietal intensity, with the free-run juice transferred to a mix of French oak barrels and stainless steel tanks for fermentation. A portion of the wine undergoes secondary, malolactic fermentation to enrich its flavors and texture. The barrel-fermented portion of the wine ages sur lie (on the yeast lees) in French oak barrels, with bi-weekly stirring of the lees to layer the wine’s crisp, vibrant fruit with an appealingly creamy, slightly yeasty tone.

91 Points

Winemaker Challenge International

2014 vintage
Silver Medal

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

2014 vintage
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tasting note

The nose offers vivid, creamy aromas of green and golden apple, pear and citrus with supporting scents of beeswax and mineral. Full-bodied and vibrant on the palate, with bright, intense, apple, citrus and melon flavors, this Chardonnay is remarkably persistent on the palate, culminating in a long finish showcasing pleasing spice, yeast and mineral tones. Delicious upon release, it also rewards 5-7 years’ aging.

food pairing

Delicious with chicken, seafood and grilled salads.

points of distinction

  • A classic oak-aged Napa Valley Chardonnay
  • Grapes are blended from top vineyards, a majority in cool-climate Carneros
  • Versatile with seafood, chicken and grilled salads
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“Our Napa Valley Chardonnay is concentrated, rich and ripe in style with fresh acidity and impeccable balance.”

– Julianne Laks, Winemaker

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