Over 40 years ago, Cakebread released its' very first wine: a 1973 Napa Valley Chardonnay, and have been fine-tuning it ever since. Cakebread vineyards received ample rainfall this year, and saw the grapes mature uniformly with extraordinary flavor, concentration and balanced acidity. The Haire Loam soil series in these vineyards naturally regulate vigor as well as yield. The cool weather at the site, along with customized and meticulously-maintained trellising, provides an ideal setting for growing the Chardonnay varietal. Cakebread harvested the grapes by night in small batches as they reached perfect maturity. The fruit, cool from the evening temperatures, was pressed directly into tank using whole cluster pressing. The juice is then transferred into French oak barrels to ferment. In order to achieve maximum fruit expression, the wine is aged on primary yeast lees for eight months with intermittent stirring of the lees to enhance texture and boost complexity.

91 Points
internationalwinereport.com
2017 vintage
91 Points
Ken's Wine Guide.com
2017 vintage
Harvest Note
The stretch from bloom to veraison was particularly long this year, allowing for wonderful character development in the grapes. 2017 marks another vintage of stellar quality fruit from Napa. Progressively warmer temperatures fully-ripened the Chardonnay, but our timely harvest brought the grapes in before the heat spike and kept sugars levels in check.
Tasting Note
This wine has a pretty, floral nose with fresh citrus, orange blossom and white peach, but the real treat is in the mouth. The viscosity coats the palate; it is weighty on the tongue yet wellbalanced with acidity. The finish is clean with a nice zing and lingering minerality intertwined with pear and apple lemon.
Food Pairing
Delicious with chicken, shellfish, seafood and grilled salads
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay
APPELLATION: Napa Valley
PH: 3.40
ACIDITY: 0.74 g/100 ml
ABV: 13.7%
AGING: Aged for 8 months in 36% new French Oak
MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION: 13%
Unique Selling Points
  • A classic oak-aged Napa Valley Chardonnay
  • Grapes are blended from top vineyards (approximately 40% from Estate vineyards) in Carneros and Oak Knoll
  • Versatile with seafood, chicken and grilled salads

About the Grape

Chardonnay
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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