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 2018, the wines aged 17 months in French oak barrels, 55% new.

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Harvest Note
The 2018 growing season was a dream come true. Early spring rains replenished the soils, clusters ripened evenly over a long, slow summer with no heat spikes, and grapes reached full maturity right on time. Yields at harvest were abundant and of very high quality.
Tasting Note
Aromas of ripe blackberry and boysenberry with hints of dark chocolate and sweet oak. On the palate, the dark fruit is balanced by fresh acidity and lush tannins that carry all the way over a lingering, elegant finish—with just a kiss of minerality.
Food Pairing
Enjoy with everything from lamb burgers to filet mignon and fire-roasted portabello mushrooms.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 88.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6.2% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 1.1% Syrah, .5% Malbec, .5% Cabernet Franc, 0.5% Petite Sirah
APPELLATION: Napa Valley
PH: 3.64
ACIDITY: 0.66 g/100ml
ABV: 14.8%
AGING: 17 Months In 55% 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, 50% 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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