The grapes for this Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon come from a selection of Cakebread Cellars Estate ranches and superior family-owned vineyards located throughout the valley’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon appellations. Long-term relationships with growers ensure an annual supply of top-quality fruit from diverse sites. This allows the crafting of a stylistically consistent and complex Cabernet marrying the lush black fruit and sturdy tannins typical of the valley’s warmer northern districts with the bright fruit and acidity characteristic of its cooler southern climates.

Each individual lot of fruit was hand-harvested at night and cold‐soaked for two days prior to fermentation to foster early color, flavor and tannin extraction. The separate lots were then fermented and barrel aged before blending, with tank size, yeast strain, fermentation temperature and barrel type specifically tailored to the fruit character of each lot. In 2019, the wines aged 17 months in French oak barrels, 50% new.

94 Points
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92 Points
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2015 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2019 growing season began with plentiful rainfall to fill the soils across the Napa Valley. Temperatures were cooler than usual which resulted in a longer harvest. Ample sunshine allowed the clusters to ripen slowly and evenly, showcasing fruit with its distinct varietal aromas and concentrated flavors.
Tasting Note
A fragrant, complex bouquet of ripe blackberry and boysenberry complemented by notes of dark chocolate and toasty oak . Rich and smooth on the palate, the sumptuous dark fruit is balanced by fresh acidity and lush tannins with a lingering, elegant finish and a hint minerality .
Technical Data
GRAPES: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Syrah, 1% blend of Cabernet Franc and Petite Sirah
APPELLATION: Napa Valley
PH: 3.66
ACIDITY: 0.61 g/100ml
ABV: 14.8%
AGING: 17 Months In 50% New French Oak
Unique Selling Points
  • Grapes come from a selection of Cakebread Cellars Estate ranches and superior family-owned vineyards located throughout the valley’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon appellations
  • Each lot is harvested, fermented, and matured separately to ensure utmost fruit and terroir expression before blending
  • Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon spends 18 months in French Oak, 57% new, for optimal elegance and complexity

About the Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon is adaptable to various growing conditions, and is known for its low yield and late ripeness. It generally produces full-bodied wines with substantial acidity and tannins.
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