Cakebread Cellars Merlot Napa Valley 2006
Wine Tasting Notes Cakebread Cellars Merlot is dark garnet in color, reflecting its rich fruit character. Subtle aromas of blackberries, black tea leaves, dried herbs and vanillin are followed on the palate by fresh plum and cherry flavors offset by notes of black pepper and cassis, carrying into a touch of French oak on the finish.
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.
90 points. The nose on this wine reminds me of strawberry ice cream; I get the ripe red fruit, combined with a creamy element as well. There is a somewhat peppered spice, some dried pomegranate, and a touch of dark chocolate covered cherry. I also pick up on some plum, a faint floral tone, and a touch of menthol. The nose on this wine is really pretty jammy and complex and I definitely would say that it’s inviting. The palate is somewhat creamy, with a preserved quality that is reminiscent of plum, blackcurrant, and blackberry jam. I pick up on some soft mocha coffee tones, some spiced cream, and a touch of forest herbs. There is also a really dark raspberry quality and some delicate floral notes. This wine’s texture may be its greatest asset. It’s silky and lush, with a great, highly refined, gripping tannins that give structure to the plush jammy fruit. This is a very well made wine, and I could see it’s perfectly balanced style appealing to a wide range of palates. However, I think that the price is just a little high at $60 something, I would happily pay $48 for this wine and I could probably go as high as somewhere in the low $50′s. That said, keep an eye out for this wine, if it goes on sale, or you can get a discount, it will definitely be a wine worth trying. Source: What's Worth Drinking: The Best of Cakebread: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2010/05/17/post-16-the-best-of-cakebread-cellars/
A fruit-forward Zin, which surprised me. Great color and mouth feel, a bit softer than I tend to like. I opened two in January 2009, and will hold the others to see how they age each year. I think there is aging potential for 2-3 years.
One of the greatest Merlot's I've had. Enjoyed it in December of 2010 for my 1st anniversary. Bought it at the winery in February of 2010
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Wine Maker Tasting Notes: Our 2006 Merlot impresses right off the bat with pretty black cherry and dark plum aromas that gain complexity from subtle earth, hazelnut, black tea, cocoa and toasty oak tones. On the beautifully structured palate, the wine offers pure, concentrated, black cherry and plum flavors balanced by bright acidity and round, supple tannins, concluding in a long, elegant finish that showcases a refreshing minerality and savory black-tea spice tone. Delicious now, this cool-vintage Merlot will blossom further with another 2-3 years of bottle age.
A Merlot wine from California in USA. 2006 Cakebread Cellars Merlot 750ml
This 2006 Merlot impresses right off the bat with pretty black cherry and dark plum aromas that gain complexity from subtle earth, hazelnut, black tea, cocoa and toasty oak tones. On the beautifully structured palate, the wine offers pure, concentrated, black cherry and plum flavors balanced by bright acidity and round, supple tannins, concluding in a long, elegant finish that showcases a refreshing minerality and savory black-tea spice tone. Delicious now, this cool-vintage Merlot will blossom further with another 2-3 years of bottle age
Rich aromas of blackberries, plums, black tea, and vanilla dominate the palate of this Napa Valley Merlot. The oak aging adds a spicy element on the finish.
Subtle aromas of blackberries and black tea leaves followed on the palate by fresh plum and cherry flavors
A blend of 87% Merlot, 9% Syrah, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot aged 18 months in French oak barrels, 45% new. About two thirds of the grapes came from vineyards in the Oakville, Rutherford and Calistoga districts of upper Napa Valley, with the balance from the cooler Carneros district in the southern tip of the valley. The up-valley fruit contributes ripe berry, plum and cocoa flavors, while the Carneros fruit adds a bright black cherry and tea-leaf character, with vibrant acidity. This rich, firmly structured Merlot will soften and develop further nuance with 2-3 years’ additional bottle age.
Cakebread Cellars Merlot 2006 offers a constellation of bright fruit aromas keyed on fresh black cherry, blueberry and plum, with fragrant scents of rose petal, tea-leaf, tobacco and cocoa adding interest and complexity. On the compact, supple palate, vibrant cherry, blackberry and cassis flavors are enlivened by a zesty black-tea spiciness that segues into a long, cocoa-tinged finish. Delicious now, this rich, firmly structured Merlot will soften and develop further nuance with 2-3 years additional bottle age.
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