Napa Valley Chardonnay Reserve 2017

Cakebread Cellars

Napa Valley Chardonnay Reserve 2017

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: America / California / Napa Valley
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay

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. A dozen superior clones of Chardonnay further enhance the quality and complexity of this wine. The grapes were night harvested and whole-cluster pressed, and each clonal selection was barrel fermented and aged separately. 14% of the blend was put through a secondary malolactic fermentation to foster a rich, creamy mouthfeel. The wine was aged for 15 months in 35% new French Oak with periodic stirring of the lees to optimize the wine’s complex aromas, rich texture and lush, concentrated flavors.

90 Points

Wine Enthusiast

2017 vintage
91 Points

Jeb Dunnuck

2017 vintage
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harvest note

2017 marks another vintage of stellar quality fruit from Napa. We experienced a particularly long stretch from bloom to veraison, allowing for wonderful character development in Chardonnay grapes. Progressively warmer temperatures fully ripened Chardonnay, and we were able to bring in grapes before a heat spike, keeping sugar levels in check.

tasting note

Aromas of creamy golden apple, peach, and baking spice lead into intense, concentrated flavors of sweet apple, melon and pear. Balanced acidity, freshness and evolving layers of complexity are the signatures of this remarkable, rich, bold Chardonnay Reserve.

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay
APPELLATION: Carneros
PH: 3.42
ACIDITY: 0.69g / 200ml
ABV: 14.1%
AGING: 15 months in 35% new French Oak
MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION: 14% of blend saw malolactic fermentation

points of distinction

  • 100% estate grown in 4 cool-climate Carneros district vineyards.
  • Whole cluster pressed, barrel fermented and aged sur lie for 15 months
  • A blend of more than a dozen Chardonnay clones offer distinct yet complementary components in the finished wine
  • about the grape +
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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.”

– Stephanie Jacobs, Winemaker

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