Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Benchland Select 2005

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Wine Tasting NotesOur Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon offers a seductive aroma of perfectly ripened black fruits laden with scents of black fig... Read more

Wonderful integration of ripe, spicy black cherry, plum, currant, and notes, picking up a candied cherry and mocha nuance, before firming on the fi... Read more

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 ... Read more

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External Review
01/18/2009

Wine Tasting NotesOur 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.


External Review
05/18/2011

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
05/18/2011

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 7-10 years of cellaring.


External Review
05/18/2011

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
05/18/2011

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 2-3 years of bottle age, and should drink well for two decades.


External Review
05/18/2011

The big '01s are still rolling out. This one'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. It's quite delicious now but seems balanced enough to age through the medium term. Drink before 2010.


External Review
05/18/2011

The 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Benchland Select'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.


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Winemaker's Notes:

Won on a Red Sox - Yankees bet with Dale.

Won on a Red Sox - Yankees bet with Dale.

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