Napa Valley Chardonnay Reserve

Cakebread Cellars

Napa Valley Chardonnay Reserve

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: America / California / Napa Valley

Chardonnay Reserve is vinified exclusively from grapes grown in Cakebread’s four Estate vineyards in the Carneros district of southern Napa Valley. These cool‐climate sites provide ideal conditions for the cultivation of world‐class chardonnay, especially as they’re planted to nine distinctive, high‐quality clones of the variety, each of which supplies desirable traits to the final blend. The grapes were night harvested and whole-cluster pressed, and each clonal selection was fermented and barrel‐aged separately. Fermentation took place in French oak barrels, 30% new, with 50% of the wine put through a secondary malolactic fermentation to enhance its texture and foster a rich, creamy mouthfeel. Aged 15 months in barrel with weekly stirring of the lees, only the very best lots were blended together to create a rich, luxurious Chardonnay boasting layers of complex aromas and flavors.

Gold Medal

Winemaker Challenge International

2013 vintage
92 Points

Critics Challenge Competition

2012 vintage
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tasting note

The Chardonnay Reserve offers an enticingly fresh, perfumed nose of creamy golden apple and Asian pear fruit mingled with intriguing beeswax, mineral and toasty oak scents. Fresh and lively on the palate with deeply concentrated, layered flavors of yellow apple, white peach and melon, the wine boasts a long, lingering finish showcasing mouthwatering lemon curd and mineral tones. While this intense, beautifully structured chardonnay is impressive now, it will gain further richness and complexity with another 5‐7 years of aging.

food pairing

Salmon, swordfish, veal and light pork, bouillabaisse or cream bisques.

points of distinction

  • A classic, oak-aged Carneros Chardonnay
  • A portion of the wine completes malolactic fermentation, to enhance richness and mouthfeel
  • Produced entirely from estate vineyards in Foster Road, Tinsley, Cuttings Wharf and Milton Road, in the cool-climate Carneros district
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“[This wine] exemplifies balance of ripe fruit, fresh acidity, sweet oak and malolactic character. As the wine ages, these elements meld into a complexity that defies recognition of single components.”

– Julianne Laks, Winemaker

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