Napa Valley Chardonnay 2019

Cakebread Cellars

Napa Valley Chardonnay 2019

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 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
91 Points

Ken's Wine

2017 vintage
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harvest note

The season began with ample rainfall to fill the soils. A mild summer provided plenty of sunshine for grapes to ripen slowly and evenly, with foggy mornings preserving freshness in the fruit as it languished on the vines.

tasting note

Aromas of ripe golden apple with white peach and notes of sweet 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: 3.48
ACIDITY: 0.68 g/100ml
ABV: 13.9%
AGING: 8 months aging in French oak barrels, 30% new

points of distinction

  • Grapes come from world-famous Carneros appellation in souther 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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