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Cakebread Chardonnay Napa Valley 2016

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Bright, creamy, golden apple, white peach, pear and melon aromas, with hints of mineral, yeast and oak spice, introduce rich, full-bodied, apple, pear and melon flavors that persist throughout a lingering finish refreshed by vibrant citrus and mineral tones. With a round, supple texture, superb concentration, great depth, and balanced acidity, the 2016 Napa Valley Chardonnay is a treat now, but it will develop even greater complexity and appeal with 5-7 years' aging.

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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.

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Snooth User: sgarcia61
783176470
3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 03/13/2013

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: Cameron Skinner
9469362,677
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 10/20/2011

This Chardonnay was light, fruity with strong pear and apple notes, and subtle oakiness that was brought out by time in glass and flavors in the meal. I enjoyed this chardonnay with prosciutto wrapped monkfish and the food/wine pairing was phenomenal.


Snooth User: Leah Mansback
5555651,298
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 04/13/2011

This chardonnay was sweet, honey and melon flavors, acidic with a smooth finish

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  • Snooth User: texasilene
    706368172
    0.00 5
    Vintage: 2009 04/13/2011

    Tinselly Ranch


    Snooth User: Princess JuJu
    61686251
    5.00 5
    Vintage: 2009 03/31/2011

    My favourite wine!!


    Snooth User: hcoupe
    85649213
    4.00 5
    Vintage: 2009 06/09/2011

    Four glasses


    Snooth User: Gantt Hickman
    168755721
    3.50 5
    Vintage: 2008 02/08/2010

    This was a nice middle of the day treat. We had it with our lunch and the crispness cut right to my core. There was a little pear on the nose and maybe a little apple. Had a noticeable citrus flavor in the mouth but was well appreciated. The finish ended with a little bit of butter.


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    External Reviews for Cakebread Chardonnay Napa Valley

    External Review
    Source: We Speak Wine
    05/10/2018

    Tasting Notes & Food Pairings: Bright, creamy, golden apple, white peach, pear and melon aromas, with hints of mineral, yeast and oak spice, introduce rich, full-bodied, apple, pear and melon flavors that persist throughout a lingering finish refreshed by vibrant citrus and mineral tones. With a round, supple texture, superb concentration, great depth, and balanced acidity, our 2016 Napa Valley Chardonnay is a treat now, but it will develop even greater complexity and appeal with 5-7 years’ aging. Vineyards: In 2016, 91% of the grapes for our Napa Valley Chardonnay came from the cool-climate Carneros District at the southern tip of the valley, with 41% of the fruit from our estate Carneros vineyards. Carneros enjoys a long, cool growing season that fully ripens its grapes while retaining the bright acidity that gives our Napa Valley Chardonnay its freshness and vitality. The other 9% of the fruit came from the Oak Knoll district just north of the city of Napa, a slightly warmer, but still cool-to-mild appellation influenced by evening and morning fog. Blending fruit from the two regions enabled us to craft a rich, yet elegant and complex chardonnay that drinks beautifully young, but will age gracefully in bottle for 5-7 years. Vintage: 2016 saw the most abundant rainfall northern California had experienced since 1998. Nevertheless, a warm spring prompted early budbreak and a relatively cool summer, with slow, steady ripening, afforded perfect growing conditions, leading to an early harvest of Carneros Chardonnay grapes boasting terrific flavor concentration coupled with perfectly balanced acidity. Winemaking: All the fruit was hand-harvested at night to maximize freshness and varietal intensity. It was then whole-cluster-pressed, with the free-run juice transferred to French oak barrels for fermentation. After primary fermentation completed, 22% of the wine was put through a secondary, malolactic fermentation to enrich flavors and texture. Our 2016 Napa Valley Chardonnay aged sur lie (on the yeast lees) for eight months in 34% new French oak barrels, with periodic stirring of the lees to add an appealingly creamy, slightly yeasty tone to the wine’s crisp, vibrant fruit flavors. Barrel Aging: 8 months sur lie in French oak barrels, 34% new, with periodic stirring of the lees Alcohol Content: 14.2% pH: 3.50 Total Acidity: 0.67 g/100ml


    External Review
    Source: We Speak Wine
    Vintage: 2015 06/02/2017

    Vineyards: Our Napa Valley Chardonnay comes primarily (91% in 2014) from grapes grown in the coolclimate Carneros district at the southern tip of the valley. Subject to fog and cooling breezes from nearby San Pablo Bay, Carneros enjoys a long growing season that ripens its fruit fully while retaining the bright acidity that gives Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay its freshness and vitality. We complement our Carneros fruit with grapes from warmer sites in the valley that yield riper, fuller chardonnays. This allows us to craft a rich, yet elegant and complex chardonnay that drinks beautifully on release, but ages gracefully in the bottle. Vintage 2014: The latest in a series of excellent vintages in California, 2014 featured a warm, dry spring that initiated early budbreak, ensured trouble-free flowering and grape set, and led to a consistently mild summer, with few heat spikes. These conditions fostered steady, even ripening of our chardonnay grapes, which were harvested with concentrated flavors balanced by vibrant acidity between August 25th and September 15th. Winemaking: 100% of the fruit was hand-harvested at night to ensure the grapes retained their purity of flavor and bright natural acidity. The fruit was then whole-cluster-pressed to further preserve freshness and varietal intensity, with the free-run juice transferred to a mix of French oak barrels (96%) and stainless steel tanks (4%) for fermentation. After primary fermentation completed, 31% of the wine was put through a secondary, malolactic fermentation to enrich its flavors and texture. The barrel-fermented portion of the wine aged sur lie (on the yeast lees) in 28% new French oak barrels for eight months, with bi-weekly stirring of the lees to layer the wine’s crisp, vibrant fruit with an appealingly creamy, slightly yeasty tone. Tasting Notes: One of the richer, weightier chardonnays we’ve made in recent years, our 2014 vintage is redolent of creamy golden apple, Asian pear and honeydew melon with complementary coconut and sweet oak scents. Fresh and lively on the palate, with rich citrus, apple, melon and tropical fruit flavors, it culminates in a long finish featuring pleasing mineral and spice tones. Barrel aging: 8 months sur lie in French oak barrels, 28% new, with bi-weekly stirring of the lees Alcohol: 14.3% Total acidity: 0.65 g/100ml pH: 3.43


    External Review
    Source: We Speak Wine
    Vintage: 2015 05/10/2018

    Tasting Notes: One of the richer, weightier chardonnays we’ve made in recent years, our 2014 vintage is redolent of creamy golden apple, Asian pear and honeydew melon with complementary coconut and sweet oak scents. Fresh and lively on the palate, with rich citrus, apple, melon and tropical fruit flavors, it culminates in a long finish featuring pleasing mineral and spice tones. Barrel aging: 8 months sur lie in French oak barrels, 28% new, with bi-weekly stirring of the lees Alcohol: 14.3% Total acidity: 0.65 g/100ml pH: 3.43 ** Only 5 in Stock **


    External Review
    Source: We Speak Wine
    Vintage: 2014 01/27/2017

    Tasting Notes & Food Pairings: One of the richer, weightier chardonnays we’ve made in recent years, our 2014 vintage is redolent of creamy golden apple, Asian pear and honeydew melon with complementary coconut and sweet oak scents. Fresh and lively on the palate, with rich citrus, apple, melon and tropical fruit flavors, it culminates in a long finish featuring pleasing mineral and spice tones. Vineyards: Our Napa Valley Chardonnay comes primarily (91% in 2014) from grapes grown in the cool-climate Carneros district at the southern tip of the valley. Subject to fog and cooling breezes from nearby San Pablo Bay, Carneros enjoys a long growing season that ripens its fruit fully while retaining the bright acidity that gives Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay its freshness and vitality. We complement our Carneros fruit with grapes from warmer sites in the valley that yield riper, fuller chardonnays. This allows us to craft a rich, yet elegant and complex chardonnay that drinks beautifully on release, but ages gracefully in the bottle. Vintage: The latest in a series of excellent vintages in California, 2014 featured a warm, dry spring that initiated early budbreak, ensured trouble-free flowering and grape set, and led to a consistently mild summer, with few heat spikes. These conditions fostered steady, even ripening of our chardonnay grapes, which were harvested with concentrated flavors balanced by vibrant acidity between August 25th and September 15th. Winemaking: 100% of the fruit was hand-harvested at night to ensure the grapes retained their purity of flavor and bright natural acidity. The fruit was then whole-cluster-pressed to further preserve freshness and varietal intensity, with the free-run juice transferred to a mix of French oak barrels (96%) and stainless steel tanks (4%) for fermentation. After primary fermentation completed, 31% of the wine was put through a secondary, malolactic fermentation to enrich its flavors and texture. The barrel-fermented portion of the wine aged sur lie (on the yeast lees) in 28% new French oak barrels for eight months, with bi-weekly stirring of the lees to layer the wine’s crisp, vibrant fruit with an appealingly creamy, slightly yeasty tone. Alcohol Content: 14.3% Total Acidity: 0.65 g/100 ml PH: 3.43


    External Review
    Vintage: 2012 04/07/2015

    Pure and clean, this is marked by zesty citrus, green pear and apple notes, presented in a tight formation and ending with snappy freshness. Drink now.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2012 04/07/2015

    The attractive 2012 Chardonnay reminded me of Chardonnays from the 1970s and early 1980s. The wine was aged in French oak for eight months, but you would never know that from the aromatics and flavors. With delicate, crisp citrus, this fresh, lively, Chablis-like effort reveals a hint of minerality. Drink it over the next 2–3 years.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2011 11/12/2013

    The 2011 Chardonnay Napa is a citrusy Chablis-like effort displaying lots of freshness, lemon and tangerine oil notes, medium body and no evidence of oak. Drink it over the next several years.


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    Bright, creamy, golden apple, white peach, pear and melon aromas, with hints of mineral, yeast and oak spice, introduce rich, full-bodied, apple, pear and melon flavors that persist throughout a lingering finish refreshed by vibrant citrus and mineral tones. With a round, supple texture, superb concentration, great depth, and balanced acidity, the 2016 Napa Valley Chardonnay is a treat now, but it will develop even greater complexity and appeal with 5-7 years' aging.

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