Almost 50 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.

Grapes were harvested by night in small batches, then pressed directly into tank as whole clusters. The juice was transferred 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.

Harvest Note
The 2021 growing season started off with a dry winter followed by a warm spring and summer. Drought conditions naturally reduced vine vigor and yields however the resulting fruit was concentrated and very high quality, leading to excellent wines.
Tasting Note
Aromas of ripe green and golden apple, accented by fresh white peach and light oak notes. Across the palate, this golden wine is silken in texture with flavors of apple, citrus and pear balanced by refreshing acidity. The long finish is clean, with underlying hints of minerality, vanilla and lemon.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay
PH: 3.48
ACIDITY: 0.65 g/100ml
ABV: 14.1%
AGING: 8 months aging in French oak barrels, 32% new
Unique Selling Points
  • Grapes come from world-famous Carneros appellation in southern Napa Valley.
  • Whole cluster pressed, barrel fermented and aged 8 months in 32% new French Oak,
  • 13% malolactic fermentation for balance of richness, vibrancy and fruit expression.

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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