Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Cakebread Cellars

Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

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

Benchland Select is a special blend of five clones of Cabernet Sauvignon from two superior vineyards in the gently sloping western benchlands of Rutherford and Oakville. These vineyards benefit from cool afternoon shade provided by the Mayacamas Mountains, allowing the grapes to mature at a slow, even pace, and gravelly loam soils affording excellent drainage. Each lot is gently destemmed and fermented separately in small stainless steel tanks designed to maximize color, flavor and tannin extraction. Yeast strains, fermentation temperatures, maceration techniques and barrel aging regimens were specifically tailored to the character of each lot to capture the finest attributes of each vineyard block in the final blend. The blend spent 22 months aging in French oak barrels, 63% new, prior to bottling.

92.5 Points

Ken's Wine Guide.com

2015 vintage
95 Points

internationalwinereport.com

2015 vintage
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harvest note

After abundant harvests from 2012 through 2014, the 2015 growing season experienced more weather extremities that led to a small, yet outstanding, vintage. 2015 was the earliest harvest ever in Cakebread Cellars’ 40+ year history. A warm, dry winter fostered early bud-break, though a cold spell during fruit set limited cluster sizes. A warm summer and late-season heat spikes ensured beautiful ripening.

tasting note

A big, ripe nose of fresh boysenberry, blackberry and dark cherry fruit, complemented by seductive roasted earth and dark chocolate scents, introduces lush, deeply concentrated flavors of boysenberry, blackberry, dark cherry and cassis framed by firm but supple tannins. The wine’s dramatically long, savory finish showcases rich, dark fruit with notes of chocolate, spice and toasted oak. Thoroughly delicious now, this complex, opulent, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon will handsomely reward another 7-10 years’ aging.

food pairing

Pairs well with rich beef, pork or lamb dishes.

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
APPELLATION: 100% Napa Valley
PH: 3.59
ACIDITY: 0.64 g/100 ml
ABV: 15.5%
AGING: Matured 22 months in French oak, 63% 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 barrels, 63% 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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