Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Cakebread Cellars

Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: America / California / Napa Valley
Grapes: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted from two outstanding vineyards – one in Rutherford, the other in Oakville – on Napa Valley’s gently sloping western benchlands. In 2013, the majority of the fruit (59%) came from winery founder Jack Cakebread’s Hill Ranch in the heart of the famed Rutherford appellation. 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.

92 Points

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2013 vintage
94+ Points

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harvest note

In 2013, a warm, dry spring initiated early bud-break, ensured trouble-free vine flowering and grape set, and led to a consistently mild summer fostering steady, even ripening and grapes boasting wonderful flavor concentration. Our Benchland Select grapes were picked between September 25th and October 3rd with an optimum balance of sugar and acidity.

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, the 2013 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.

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
APPELLATION: Napa Valley
PH: 3.64
ACIDITY: 0.62g/100ml
ABV: 14.9%
AGING: 22 months in French oak, (54% new)

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)
  • about the grape +
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“Our emphasis on fruit quality captures the expression of black fruit and rich dark chocolate in the wine.”

– Stephanie Jacobs, Winemaker

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