Over 40 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.

We harvested the grapes by night in small batches, and we press it directly into tank as whole clusters. We then transfer the juice 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.

92 Points
92 Points
Pattersons Beverage Journal
Harvest Note
The 2020 growing season started off warm and dry. Mild conditions in spring were ideal for budbreak and early growth, while steady summer temperatures, with cool mornings and warm, sunny days, ripened chardonnay grapes to perfect flavor and balanced acidity. Yields at harvest were abundant and of very high quality.
Tasting Note
Aromas of ripe golden apple, white peach, and light oak. On the palate, apple and pear characteristics are balanced by fresh acidity, and the finish is clean, with appealing hints of apple and lemon intermingling with notes of minerality.
Food Pairing
This is a versatile pairing wine—we love it with fresh salads, grilled scallops, and nearly any selection of cheeses.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay
APPELLATION: Napa Valley
PH: 3.48
ACIDITY: 0.65 g/100ml
ABV: 14.1%
AGING: 8 months aging in French oak barrels, 33% new
MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION: 4%
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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