About Cakebread Chardonnay
The grapes come primarily from the valley’s cooler southern regions, which extend from Carneros to relatively warmer sites just north of the town of Napa. Blending fruit from diverse mesoclimates and soils results in a rich, ripe, elegantly structured Chardonnay that’s delicious on release and ages well. The grapes were handpicked at night, then pressed as whole clusters to preserve freshness and fermented in French oak barrels (88%) and stainless steel tanks (12%). 16% of the wine saw malolactic fermentation. All the component wines aged on the lees in French oak barrels, 20% new, for 8 months, with periodic stirring that varied per lot. The lots were blended and the wine was bottled during the spring following the harvest.
This bold and beautifully balanced wine shows great depth and breadth of flavor. Aromas of fragrant, slightly yeasty ripe pear, apple and guava have hints of honeysuckle, mineral and toasted oak. Flavors of concentrated pear, spiced apple and melon culminate in a long finish lifted by zesty spice and mineral notes.