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Cakebread Cellars Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2016

Member Review by jackmmoore:

I first experienced this wonderful wine at a friend's party, where I decided to hide it behind a plant to keep it for myself. This wine gets more complex the longer it sits (to a point). It's a deep ruby color, with a velvety texture and a fairly complex taste. It brings together everything my wife and I enjoy about good pinot noirs, with some complexity approaching a good red burgundy. Plus, who can turn down a wine with a reference to a great poet: Omar Khayyám.

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Cakebread Cellars:
Cakebread Cellars is located in the heart of the Napa Valley on Highway 29 between Oakville and Rutherford. Family owned and operated for 36 years, we pride ourselves on making full flavored, balanced and elegant wines.

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Snooth User: jackmmoore
710894
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 07/08/2008

I first experienced this wonderful wine at a friend's party, where I decided to hide it behind a plant to keep it for myself. This wine gets more complex the longer it sits (to a point). It's a deep ruby color, with a velvety texture and a fairly complex taste. It brings together everything my wife and I enjoy about good pinot noirs, with some complexity approaching a good red burgundy. Plus, who can turn down a wine with a reference to a great poet: Omar Khayyám.


Snooth User: queenbeachiee
11938635
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 01/11/2009

one of our favorite choices for a lighter red and I agree, it does get better after sitting for a bit.


Snooth User: rubynsilk
12395813
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 01/19/2009

This is one of my favorites


Snooth User: memphiswineo
22918153
5.00 5
Vintage: 2006 08/05/2009

Five glasses


Snooth User: Docrichlu
1922597
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 08/16/2009

Four glasses


Snooth User: 1
749355
5.00 5
Vintage: 2004 06/10/2008

This is the wine I had that got me into wine. The one word to describe it is elegance. This wine, although made in napa cab-style, has bordeaux-like complexity and elegance. Mild dark cherry and chocolate flavors with hints of prunes and cassis.


Snooth User: shoedog
2981123
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 08/03/2007

smooth, buttery, typical to the wonderful things we have come to expect from Cakebread


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External Reviews for Cakebread Cellars Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Source: We Speak Wine
09/24/2019

Tasting Notes & Food Pairings: This blend of grapes comes from the benchlands of our vineyards in Oakville and Rutherford—including Hill Ranch, which surrounds the Rutherford home of Jack and Dolores Cakebread. Benchlands are the narrow regions that mark the transition from a valley’s floor to steeper mountain slopes. This geographic position offers distinctive soil profiles for good root development, as well as mountain shade that protects grapes from extreme conditions, allowing them to ripen slowly and steadily. Our Benchland Select is a classic Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon expression, with bright boysenberry, and delicate violets; flavors of ripe blackberry, fig, and hints of dried sage on the palate lead into rich notes of sweet blackberry and dark chocolate over a long finish. Elegant tension between its dense fruit, bright acidity, and firm, supple tannins gives this wine depth and dimension. Enjoy with hearty stews, steaks on the grill, or fire-roasted vegetables. Age for another 7 to 10 years. Vineyards: We seek out grapes for our 2016 Benchland Select cabernet sauvignon from Vine Hill Vineyard in Oakville (65%) and Hill Ranch in Rutherford (35%), sites that lie along the gently sloping western foothills of these two renowned appellations. The vineyards receive bright eastern exposure in the morning and cool shade from the Mayacamas mountain range in the afternoon. Gravelly benchland “bale loam” soils provide good drainage but also retain good water in the root zone; this helps us understand exactly how much water is needed to bring grapes to peak ripeness. Slight differences in microclimate and soil structure—Rutherford sits just to the north of Oakville—give this blend of two appellations a distinctive, opulent complexity. Vintage: In 2016, budbreak in Napa Valley was earlier-than-average, followed by a fairly steady growing season with even temperatures and no heat spikes. Fruit ripened steadily, with extended hangtimes in the cooler spots; a warm, dry September helped grapes develop to full maturity. Harvest was earlier than usual as well—which was fortuitous, since October brought us one of the wettest months in recent history! We were excited to bring in another standout cabernet sauvignon vintage, with smaller yields of exceptional quality. Winemaking: After harvesting our Benchland Select grapes from multiple vineyard blocks containing five superior cabernet sauvignon clones, we gently destemmed the clusters and fermented each lot in small, stainless steel tanks that give us optimum color, flavor and tannin extraction. Our winemaker Stephanie Jacobs selected yeast strains, fermentation temperatures, maceration techniques and barrel aging regimens according to the unique personality of each lot, capturing the finest attributes of each in the final blend. Our 2016 Benchland Select spent 22 months aging in French oak barrels, 61% new, prior to bottling in July, 2018. Alcohol Content: 14.9%, By Volume Total Acidity: 0.64 G/100ml PH: 3.73 ** Only 3 in Stock **


External Review
Vintage: 2009 10/31/2012

Full-bodied and lush on the palate, its deeply concentrated boysenberry, blackberry, cassis and dark chocolate flavors have a wonderful freshness and purity that extend into a long, savory finish framed by ripe, supple tannins and sumptuous toasted oak tones.


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Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

This immediately tastes like an expensive Napa Cabernet, stylized by oak that coats everything. But take a step back and look at the color, consider the sweet fruit, plump, soft and round; and then therersquo;s the dusty tannin of Napa benchland soils. Perhaps therersquo;s more to it than just the flash of oak, and therersquo;s plenty of fruit to absorb that oak in the winersquo;s maturity.


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Vintage: 2008 12/16/2011

A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2008 Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Benchland Select 750ml


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

The big rsquo;01s are still rolling out. This onersquo;s very fine and Oakville-y, showing well-oaked, lush, black currant and cassis fruit, with a cocca finish. It has soft, intricately sweet tannins. Itrsquo;s quite delicious now but seems balanced enough to age through the medium term. Drink before 2010.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 10/07/2011

Bursts from the glass with vibrant dark fruit aromas (blackberry, boysenberry and dark plum) complemented by seductive spicebox, cocoa, loamy earth and leather scents. Rich, juicy and mouth filling on the palate with deeply concentrated blackberry and plum flavors, its luxuriously supple mouthfeel and long, elegant finish are abetted by savory toasted oak and dark chocolate tones.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 03/27/2012

The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Benchland Select is made from fruit sourced in Rutherford (57%) and Oakville (43%). Ripe dark fruit, flowers and spices are some of the tones that flow from this supple, inviting Cabernet. Hints of mocha, spices and espres... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2008 Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Benchland Select 750ml


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