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Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Benchland Select 2014

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.

Member Reviews for Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Benchland Select

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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 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Benchland Select

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

This is rich and plush, supple and harmonious, with generous plum, black cherry and wild berry fruit that runs deep and persistent, repeating the dark fruit themes and ending with firm yet gentle tannins. Drink now through 2014.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

The star here is the beautiful 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Benchland Select. Its dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by aromas of gravelly earth intermixed with notions of lead pencil shavings, blue as well as blackberries, and spice. Medium-bodied with solid yet ripe tannins, good structure, a Bordeaux-like weight, and a clean, pure finish, it displays admirable purity and texture. It will benefit from 2ndash;3 years of bottle age, and should drink well for two decades.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

Displays a complex, seductive aroma of ripe blackberry and plum fruit augmented by scents of tar, coffee and sweet oak. On the palate, the wine is full-textured and lush, with rich plum, black fig and cocoa flavors supported by smooth tannins. Boasting excellent structure and balance, this delicious Napa Valley Cabernet is delightful to drink now, but will handsomely repay another 7ndash;10 years of cellaring.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

The 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Benchland Selectrsquo;s dark ruby/purple-hued color is accompanied by closed aromatics consisting of compost, damp earth, underbrush, spice, licorice, cherry, plum, and currant fruit. This earthy, terroir-driven, medium-bodied 1999 displays abundant tannin in the finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

Wonderful integration of ripe, spicy black cherry, plum, currant, and notes, picking up a candied cherry and mocha nuance, before firming on the finish. Best from 2002 through 2012.


External Review
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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