Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Cakebread Cellars

Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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, 61% new, prior to bottling.

95 Points

Wine Advocate

2016 vintage
95 Points

Jeb Dunnuck

2016 vintage
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harvest note

2016 began with the most abundant rainfall we’ve experienced in three decades, which refreshed and revitalized the vines after years of drought. Warm spring temperatures prompted an earlier-than-average budbreak, followed by a relatively cool summer with no heat spikes; these conditions allowed grapes to ripen slowly and steadily, and a warm, dry September helped them develop to full maturity. 2016 is another standout Cabernet Sauvignon vintage, with smaller yields of exceptional quality.

tasting note

Aromas of bright boysenberry and delicate violets; flavors of ripe blackberry, fig, and hints of dried sage on the palate lead into rich notes of sweet blackberry and dark chocolate over a long finish. Elegant tension between its dense fruit, bright acidity, and firm, supple tannins gives this wine depth and dimension.

food pairing

Enjoy with hearty stews, steaks on the grill, or fire-roasted vegetables.

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
APPELLATION: Napa Valley
PH: 3.73
ACIDITY: 0.64 g/100 ml
ABV: 14.9%
AGING: 22 months aging in French oak barrels, 61% new

points of distinction

  • From two prime benchland vineyards in Rutherford and Oakville
  • Each lot fermented and matured separately for utmost fruit and terroir expression
  • Matured 22 months in French oak barrels, 61% 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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