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Cakebread Cellars

Cakebread Cellars Jack Cakebread came to photograph the Napa Valley thirty years ago for a book and while he was here, he casually mentioned his interest in owning a vineyard to some family friends who had a ranch in Rutherford. When he returned home that afternoon, the phone rang and it was the family friends offering to sell their property. He headed back up to the valley that same afternoon and Cakebread Cellars was born. As they begin their 32nd year, the Cakebread family is reflecting upon profound changes in the wine industry over the past thirty years. Although there are innovative improvements in grape growing, a new winery, new wines and new ways of reaching consumers, the key values have not changed at Cakebread Cellars. Dedication to making the highest quality wines and a commitment to family has followed a continuum as the small vineyard grew into a thriving internationally distributed wine company. Their first vintage--157 cases of 1973 Chardonnay--was sold to Phil Faight of Groezinger's Wine Shop in Yountville. He in turn sold to a small audience of premium wine drinkers who primarily drove up from the Bay Area on weekends to visit the country. "Two or three cars an hour would be on the road and we would all stop and look to see who was coming," said Jack as he thought of his original neighbors who became some of the "legends of the wine industry - Mondavi, Martini, Heitz, BV's Tchelistcheff and Christian Brothers "Brother Tim." Today, traffic is about 30 cars-a-minute as the world comes to visit the Napa Valley wine country.

TO CAKEBREAD CELLARS FROM SACRAMENTO (Airport): Interstate 505 South (from airport) West on Highway 80 Exit to Highway 12 West to Napa Turn right on Highway 29 North (do not exit Napa/Berryessa) Pass through Yountville, Oakville and north of Mondavi Winery On east side ¼ mile past Turnbull Winery, look for mailbox with 8300 St. Helena Highway - Cakebread Cellars Turn in very next driveway into parking lot TO CAKEBREAD CELLARS FROM SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT VIA THE OAKLAND BAY BRIDGE (approximately 62 miles): Take highway 101 north Take 80 East and cross the Oakland Bay Bridge Follow signs to 80 East (Berkeley/Sacramento) Exit 80 East at Highway 37 (Napa/Vallejo) Turn right on Highway 29 North (do not exit at Napa/Berryessa) Follow Highway 29 through Napa - (at Trancas you will be 14 minutes away) Pass through Yountville, Oakville and north of Mondavi Winery On east side ¼ mile past Turnbull Winery, look for mailbox with 8300 St. Helena Highway - Cakebread Cellars Turn in very next driveway into parking lot

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  Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Our 2001 Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon offers a seductive aroma of perfectly ripened black fruits laden with scents of black figs, chocolate and smoky, toasty oak. On the palate, the wine delivers opulent, mouth-filling, ripe blackberry and black plum flavors balanced by firm tannins and crisp natural acidity. This lavishly flavored Napa Valley Cabernet, packed with deep, lush fruit, is delicious to drink now, but will handsomely repay 7-10 years of cellaring.
  Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Cakebread Cellars 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon boasts an enticing aroma of ripe black cherry, berry and currant fruit complemented by scents of vanilla, sweet herbs, cocoa, and coffee bean. On the palate, the wine's lush, deep, mouth-filling berry and cassis flavors carry a hint of tea-leaf spiciness and are seamlessly balanced by firm, supple tannins, leading to a lusciously long, rich, oak-enhanced finish. Delicious to drink now, this classic Napa Valley Cabernet will continue to develop for another 5-7 years in bottle.
  Chardonnay Napa Valley
Our very aromatic 2003 Napa Valley Chardonnay offers delightfully forward aromas of ripe pears and apples, with intriguing scents of guava and banana. On the palate, the wine boasts a full, fleshy texture and rich, ripe flavors balanced by subtle, spicy oak tones and an excellent underpinning of acidity. Delicious now, this very flavorful Napa Valley Chardonnay will gain additional bouquet and complexity with 18-24 months of further bottle age.
  Chardonnay Reserve Napa Valley
Our 2002 Napa Valley Reserve Chardonnay offers a beautifully fresh, vivid aroma of ripe pears white peaches, and minerals, with complexing scents of butterscotch and spicy oak. On the palate, the wine unveils a viscous, but refined and silky texture, with supremely generous flavors of green apple, melon and citrus fruit framed by spicy oak tones and refreshing acidity. Youthfully compact and with tremendous reserves of deep, expansive Chardonnay fruit, this superlative white wine will richly reward 5-8 years of additional bottle age.
  Merlot Napa Valley
Cakebread Cellars 2002 Merlot, blended with 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, is an especially rich example of the variety. It displays ripe blackberry and black plum aromas with secondary scents of vanilla and dark coffee characteristics. On the palate, the wine is lush and full-bodied, showcasing luscious blackberry, plum and boysenberry flavors that segue into a long finish featuring an intriguing tea-like spiciness, elegant, refined tannins, and crisp underlying acidity. Delicious now, this lavishly flavored, complex Merlot will benefit from another 3-5 years' cellaring.
  Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley
Our 2003 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc is redolent of citrus fruit (grapefruit, lime), melon, guava, fig, white peach, minerals, and hay, with a faint hint of oak. In the mouth, the wine is full and rich, but refreshingly crisp, with impressively focused citrus, melon and peach flavors that culminate in a mineral-y, lime-zest finish. Delightful to drink now, this classic Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc will blossom with an additional six months' bottle age and should be a pleasure to drink over the next 3-5 years, especially as an accompaniment to seafood and poultry dishes.
  Syrah Napa Valley
Our 2002 Carneros Syrah, produced in very limited quantities, displays a dark, almost opaque color and a mesmerizing, remarkably layered aroma of wild blueberries, black plums, black figs, roasting meat and coffee. The wine's dense, deep, black fruit and toasty, wild boysenberry flavors pick up an intriguing chocolate-y tinge in the rich, lingering finish. This weighty, intensely flavored, complex red wine is delicious now with grilled red meats and other hearty fare, but will handsomely reward 5-7 years of cellaring.
  Three Sisters Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Our 2001 Three Sisters Cabernet Sauvignon jumps from the glass with intense, finely focused aromas of wild blackberries, black tea, briary spice, and smoky oak. On the palate, the wine unveils loads of fresh, lively, spicy black fruit flavors, supported by firm, ripe tannins, bright acidity and a classically compact Cabernet Sauvignon structure, culminating in a long, savory, fruit-filled finish. Delicious to drink now, this wine will age gracefully for another 7-10 years.
  Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Our 2001 Vine Hill Cabernet Sauvignon displays the deep, rich fruit and superb tannin structure characteristic of this magnificent Oakville vineyard. The aroma is classic Napa Valley: ripe, dusty blackberry, black plum and black currant fruit laced with a hint of briary spice and a whiff of sweet, toasty oak. At first taste, the wine reveals a big, thick, harmonious texture followed by waves of deep, concentrated black fruit that expand on the palate and take on a spicy, licorice-like tone in the remarkably lengthy finish. Truly "hedonistic," but with a splendid balance of supple tannins and bright underlying acidity, this immensely generous Cabernet is hard to resist now, but will develop and provide pleasure for another decade.


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