Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018

Cakebread Cellars

Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

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

Over 40 years ago, Cakebread released its very first wine: a 1973 Napa Valley Chardonnay, and have been fine-tuning it ever since. Grapes for this wine come from the world-famous Carneros appellation in southern Napa Valley. This region sits just north of San Pablo Bay, whose influence provides the cool, windswept conditions that produce Chardonnay with ideal balance between fruit characters and acidity. Soils here are predominantly Haire Loam, a light clay that helps grapevines naturally regulate vigor for fruit of intense concentration. We harvested the grapes by night in small batches, and we press it directly into tank as whole clusters. We then transfer the juice into French oak barrels (87%) and stainless steel tanks (13%) to ferment. In order to achieve maximum fruit expression, we aged the wine on its yeast lees for eight months with intermittent stirring to enhance texture and boost complexity.

91 Points

2018 vintage
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harvest note

The 2018 growing season was a dream come true. Early spring rains replenished the soils, clusters ripened evenly over a long, slow summer—cooler than usual, and with no heat spikes—so grapes reached full maturity right on time. Yields at harvest were abundant and of very high quality.

tasting note

Aromas of ripe golden apple, white peach, complemented with notes of oak. On the palate, apple and pear characters are balanced by fresh acidity, and the finish is clean, with appealing mineral notes.

food pairing

This is a versatile pairing wine—we love it with fresh salads, grilled scallops, and nearly any selection of cheeses.

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay
PH: 3.43
ACIDITY: 0.73 g/100ml
ABV: 13.7%
AGING: 8 months aging in French oak barrels, 33% new

points of distinction

  • Grapes come from world-famous Carneros appellation in southern Napa Valley
  • Whole cluster pressed and aged 8 months in 33% new French Oak
  • Versatile with fresh salads, grilled scallops, and nearly any selection of cheeses
  • about the grape +
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“Napa Valley Chardonnay is concentrated, rich and ripe in style with fresh acidity and impeccable balance.”

– Stephanie Jacobs, Winemaker

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