Cakebread Cellars Merlot Napa Valley 2009

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The gold standard of "high end everyday wines". Great for a special occasion or just a night without the kids. EDF's favorite. Read more

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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... Read more

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Snooth User: bacflynn
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5.00 5
05/16/2013

The gold standard of "high end everyday wines". Great for a special occasion or just a night without the kids. EDF's favorite.


Snooth User: texasilene
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2007 04/13/2011

These are 2008


Snooth User: Tyler Worth
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 08/04/2010

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/


Snooth User: smiles813
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2006 04/12/2012

$45.99


Snooth User: Shawn Clifford
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 02/07/2009

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.


Snooth User: wineozach
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 01/06/2012

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


Snooth User: Grizzlap
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 06/25/2010

ripe berry, tea, cocoa, rounded, satisfying finish.


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External Reviews for Cakebread Cellars Merlot Napa Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
03/14/2014

Our 2009 Merlot displays ripe black cherry and plum compote aromas complemented by enticing tea-leaf, toasted vanilla and woodsy scents. Plush, rich and juicy on the palate, its densely concentrated black cherry, dark plum and pomegranate flavors are supported by fine-grained tannins and a long, sumptuous finish graced by savory spice and mocha tones. An irresistibly lush Merlot of great depth, length and suppleness, it drinks deliciously now, yet will develop further complexity with another 2-3 years of bottle age. - Winery ** Only 1 in Stock **


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Smooth sweet in fruit and easy to like. With its jammy flavors of blackberries and mocha it s delicious although it would benefit from greater complexity and not so much reliance on sheer intensity and oak. - S.H. Wine Enthusiast.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/03/2013

Smooth, sweet in fruit and easy to like. With its jammy flavors of blackberries and mocha, it's delicious, although it would benefit from greater complexity and not so much reliance on sheer intensity and oak. - S.H. Wine Enthusiast. A Merlot wine from California in USA. 2009 Cakebread Cellars Merlot 750ml


External Review
02/06/2013

This 2009 Merlot displays ripe black cherry and plum compote aromas complemented by enticing tea-leaf, toasted vanilla and woodsy scents. Plush, rich and juicy on the palate, its densely concentrated black cherry, dark plum and pomegranate flavors are sup


External Review
02/09/2013

To craft our Merlot, we separately harvest, de-stem and crush each lot of grapes, cold-soaking the must for 3-4 days to extract maximum color and supple tannins from the skins. We ferment the various lots in a mix of small closed and open-top stainless steel tanks, tasting the fermenting wines daily and adjusting fermentation temperatures to maximize the extraction of color, flavor and tannin. As with all our red wines, we pay particular attention to selecting the perfect barrels in which to age each lot of wine, fine-tuning the selection based on frequent tasting. The 2009 vintage spent six months aging in 38% new French Bordeaux barrels prior to blending. The blended wine then spent an additional 12 months in barrel before bottling, adding another layer of elegance and complexity to its rich, intense flavors.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
06/12/2014

Our 2009 Merlot displays ripe black cherry and plum compote aromas complemented by enticing tea-leaf, toasted vanilla and woodsy scents. Plush, rich and juicy on the palate, its densely concentrated black cherry, dark plum and pomegranate flavors are supported by fine-grained tannins and a long, sumptuous finish graced by savory spice and mocha tones. An irresistibly lush Merlot of great depth, length and suppleness, it drinks deliciously now, yet will develop further complexity with another 2-3 years of bottle age. - Winery ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
02/06/2013

A pronounced spice-blackberry fragrance with a hint of vanilla leads into this wine's full-bodied, velvety palate with flavors of cassis and ripe berries, and notes of licorice and chocolate set in a supple yet firm structure.


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Ratings & Tags for Cakebread Cellars Merlot Napa Valley

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2008 01/02/2014

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2006 07/16/2010

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2006 09/05/2010

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2005 03/03/2009

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2005 12/18/2009

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2005 10/17/2008

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2004 06/18/2010

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Winemaker's Notes:

Displays ripe black cherry and plum compote aromas complemented by enticing tea-leaf, toasted vanilla and woodsy scents. Plush, rich and juicy on the palate, its densely concentrated black cherry, dark plum and pomegranate flavors are supported by fine-grained tannins and a long, sumptuous finish graced by savory spice and mocha tones. A lush Merlot of great depth, length and suppleness, it drinks deliciously now, yet will develop further complexity with another 2-3 years of bottle age.

Displays ripe black cherry and plum compote aromas complemented by enticing tea-leaf, toasted vanilla and woodsy scents. Plush, rich and juicy on the palate, its densely concentrated black cherry, dark plum and pomegranate flavors are supported by fine-grained tannins and a long, sumptuous finish graced by savory spice and mocha tones. A lush Merlot of great depth, length and suppleness, it drinks deliciously now, yet will develop further complexity with another 2-3 years of bottle age.

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