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 2016, the component wines aged six months in French oak barrels, 56% new, before blending and the final blend spent another 17 months in barrel before bottling.

92 Points
Wine Enthusiast
2016 vintage
91 Points
Wine Advocate
2016 vintage
Harvest Note
In 2016, bud break was early, yet conditions were ideal throughout the growing season. Temperatures were steady, and mild, through July and August. Toward the end of the season, warm days encouraged optimal ripening, for a balance of acid and exceptional quality of fruit.
Tasting Note
Deep shades of purple, and rich dark-red hues, signal that this is a quintessential Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of ripe blackberry, boysenberry, dark chocolate and notes of oak precede balanced acidity and firm tannins. With forward fruit, and welcome mineral undertones, this is a perfectly balanced wine that is approachable now, yet will age beautifully. The grapes from throughout the valley that were farmed to make this wine, provide a natural diversity of flavors.
Food Pairing
An excellent companion to beef, rich pork dishes and game.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
APPELLATION: Napa Valley
PH: 3.53
ACIDITY: 0.67 g/100 ml
ABV: 14.9%
AGING: 17 months French oak barrels, 56% new and 44% neutral
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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