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 2021, the wines aged 17 months in French oak barrels, 48% new.

Harvest Note
The 2021 season, though officially a drought year, began with ample rainfall to fill the soils. A mild spring, characterized by below average temperatures and plentiful sunshine, allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly. The result was a small crop of exceptionally concentrated grapes, leading to a well-structured and full-flavored wine that showcases our estate vineyards and will improve with cellaring.
Tasting Note
Layered notes of ripe blackberry, dark plum, and boysenberry are complemented by hints of dark chocolate, baking spices and toasty oak. Rich dark fruit on the palate is balanced by fresh acidity and finely-knit tannins, creating a full-bodied yet elegant structure.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc 1% Malbec and 1% Syrah
PH: 3.62
ABV: 14.4%
AGING: 17 Months In 48% New French Oak
Unique Selling Points
  • From estate ranches and top vineyards in Napa’s finest AVAs renown for Cabernet
  • Each lot harvested, fermented and matured separately for utmost fruit and terroir expression
  • Aged 17 months in French Oak 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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