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. 44% of the blend was put through a secondary malolactic fermentation to foster a rich, creamy mouthfeel. The wine was aged for 15 months in 30% new French Oak with periodic stirring of the lees optimized wine’s complex aromas, rich texture and lush, concentrated flavors.

92 Points
2021 vintage
91 Points
Wine Advocate
2021 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2021 vintage began with a dry, mild winter and an even, mild spring and summer allowed the vines to slowly ripen a small, high-quality crop of grapes with exceptionally dense color and flavor concentration. The result is a Chardonnay packed with aromatic nuance and layers of flavor.
Tasting Note
Aromas of ripe golden apple, peach, and baking spices lead to a full-bodied palate with concentrated flavors of ripe orchard and peach fruit that harmonize with notes of melon, pear, and cream. Balanced and fresh, the long finish is driven by hints of apple and toasted oak.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay
PH: 3.46
ACIDITY: 0.695 g/100ml
ABV: 14.1%
AGING: Aged for 15 months in 30% new French oak, 13% puncheons, 43% neutral French oak
Unique Selling Points
  • A classic, oak-aged Carneros Chardonnay
  • A portion of the wine sees malolactic fermentation, to enhance richness and mouthfeel
  • 100% estate grown in 4 cool-climate Carneros district vineyards.

About the Grape

Though it has a distinctive profile, Chardonnay reflects other factors such as soil composition and vinification technique. Chardonnay is a reliable, hardy and prolific vine whose only real vulnerabilities are frost and uneven development of fruit.
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