Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay Napa Valley 2005
Vineyards The grapes for our 2005 Chardonnay Reserve, Carneros, Napa Valley were harvested from several outstanding vineyards in the cool-climate Carneros district, with 46% from our own estate vines. The wine is a blend not only of vineyards, but also of four superb clones of Chardonnay that flourish in cool-climate regions like Carneros. Their small-berried clusters yield Chardonnays with intense, beautifully balanced varietal flavors. In 2005, we harvested our Carneros fruit in ideal condition between September 26th and October 20th. Vintage 2005 2005 is proving an exceptional vintage. As in 2004, budbreak was early due to a warm late winter, but the weather then turned cool and rainy, delaying vine development. Atypically cool temperatures continued throughout the summer, further slowing the ripening process and extending the harvest season, which finally reached fruition with classic early-fall weather in late September and October. Due to the length of the growing season, our Carneros Chardonnay grapes spent an extended period on the vine developing deeply concentrated flavors at moderate sugar levels. The result is a rich, beautifully balanced wine of great depth and complexity. Winemaking One hundred percent of the grapes were harvested at night by hand and whole-cluster pressed to yield fresh, pure juice. After cold-settling in tank for 36 hours, 77% of the juice was inoculated with several cultured yeast strains that enhance the fruitiness and rich texture of Chardonnay, while 23% fermented with native yeast strains, which foster greater complexity and a pleasing mineral tone. All the juice fermented in French oak barrels, 32% new, with 21% undergoing a secondary, malolactic fermentation to enrich the wine’s texture and develop a pleasingly creamy, buttery tone. Aging on the primary yeast lees for 14 months in barrel, with frequent stirring, added a silky texture and subtle yeasty richness to the wine’s intense varietal fruit flavors. After racking off the lees, the wine was bottled in January, 2007. Tasting Notes Our 2005 Chardonnay Reserve, Carneros, Napa Valley initially showcases vibrant Granny Smith apple and spiced pear aromas, with undertones of melon and citrus. With airing, a pronounced creamy tone emerges, along with enticing scents of warm baking spices and toasty, spicy French oak. On the palate, a rich, creamy texture introduces concentrated, beautifully structured apple and melon flavors augmented by luscious butterscotch and savory, toasty oak tones, leading to a long, multi-faceted finish featuring subtle baked bread, mineral and citrus notes. Delicious to drink now, this luxurious, complex, finely structured Chardonnay will gain additional richness and complexity with another 5-8 years of bottle age. Grape variety: 100% Chardonnay Alcoholic Content: 14.1% Vineyards: 100% Carneros District Total Acidity: 0.65g/100ml pH: 3.72 Harvest Dates: 9/26//2005 through 10/20/2005 Fermentation: 100% French Oak Barrel-aging: 15 months French oak, 54% new. Winemaker: Julianne Laks
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.
My favorite Chardonnay
I was not a white wine fan at all until I discovered Cakebread chardonnay! I absolutely love it now! I was fortunate enough to discover it on a wine tasting tour with my boyfriend and we visited the vineyard which was amazing! If you ever have the chance, make a reservation and spend some time there, you will learn so much about white wine.
Good friends of mine first introduced me to this chardonnay a while back and it's still quite memorable as a rich oakey buttery goodness. I've heard many mixed reviews on this wine but I enjoy it very much. On the pricier side for me as an anytime sort of wine but definitely worth the splurge!
External Reviews for Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay Napa Valley
This layered, complex wine is marked by intense varietal aromas of white, citrus and tropical fruits offset by spicy, toasty notes which are confirmed on the palate, supported by a firm structure and
Jack Cakebread came to Napa for the first time 30 years ago to photograph, and subsequently fell in love with the region and the wine, and began making wines of his wine. His chardonnay is made to age. Granny smith apple aromas, and strong minerality and smokiness on the palate, drink this now, or hold for 3-5 years for a delightful experience.