Jack Cakebread’s success began in the 1970’s with a hunch. Offering his $2,500.00 advance for a photography assignment of a Napa Valley book as down payment, Jack and his wife Dolores became the new owners of a Rutherform farm, known today as the prestigious Cakebread Winery.
Over the years, Cakebread Cellars have adopted and implemented innovative strategies and processes in winegrowing which include night-harvesting, whole-cluster pressing of white grapes just to name a few. In addition, Cakebread Cellars has also acquired modern machineries and equipment to help improve winemaking processes. Cakebread Cellars winery and vineyards are also green certified and they have always ensured to study new methods and techniques in generating and conserving energy. Vineyard managers utilize the newest technologies to enhance the efficacy of its organic and sustainable farming programs. As of 2011, 191 acres of a total 460 acres is Napa Green Land certified, and Cakebread Cellars plans to have all properties certified by 2014.
Family and Beyond
With over 30 years of winemaking experience, the once little family winery has become one of the most successful and respected wineries in America, notable for its world-class vineyards, wines, and hospitality. Cakebread Cellar’s commitment to humble beginnings and providing quality wines has made them one of the most celebrated wineries across the globe.
The 2013 Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon has luxurious dark cherry, boysenberry, blackcurrant and black fig aromas, with scents of oak toast and dark chocolate, introduce layers of rich, deeply concentrated, yet elegant flavors of blackberry, boysenberry, fig, currant and fresh cherry. The wine’s vibrant acidity, supple, seamlessly integrated tannins and impeccable balance contribute to a round, plush mouth feel, leading to a long, savory finish marrying rich boysenberry fruit, French oak spice and a hint of dark chocolate.
Remarkably delicious young, this classic Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon will develop even greater allure with another 7-10 years’ bottle age.
83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot
Full-bodied and smooth; Big and bold
Extra Dry- No sweetness perceived; well-rounded with balanced acidity
Napa Valley, California USA
Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Napa Valley
Robert Parker – 90+ points
“The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon has beautiful crème de cassis fruit, excellent structure on the palate’s backside and represents a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot. Aged primarily in French oak, the wine is youthful and young, with the coiled, restrained character of many 2013s, but the concentration is impressive and the purity is there. Beautiful black and blue fruits are obvious, and the wine structured, delineated and vibrant. There is a reasonably good value as well. Give it another 6-12 months bottle age, and drink it over the following 12-15 years.
Drink: 2016 - 2031
Tasted: December 31, 2015
International Wine Report - 92 Points
“Excellent Now, But This Is Sure To Evolve Even Further With Some Additional Cellaring. (Best 2017-2028)”
“The 2013 Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an impressive showing in this vintage. This blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon 9% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot bursts open with wonderful freshness and attractive aromas of ripe cherries and black plums woven together with exotic spices, roasted coffee along with a lovely savory and earthy edge. On the palate this is full-bodied with remarkable depth and concentration. It possesses outstanding structure and balance with wonderful ripe fruit at its core. Dark plums and sweet spices continue to linger on the long velvety finish. Excellent now, but this is sure to evolve even further with some additional cellaring. (Best 2017-2028) – August 25, 2016 (JD)”
Cakebread Cellars Sauvignon Blanc
2016 Napa Valley
The 2016 Cakebread Cellars Sauvignon Blanc has vibrant, wonderfully fresh aromas of pink grapefruit, melon and white peach and zesty flavors of Meyer lemon, lime, guava, gooseberry and juicy melon. Lively acidity accentuates the wine’s flavor intensity and animates its long, harmonious finish, which features succulent citrus and mineral tones. Delicious now, this classic Napa Valley sauvignon blanc will age gracefully for the next 3-5 years, and beautifully accompany seafood, poultry, vegetable and salad dishes.
This 2016 vintage is a blend of 97% sauvignon blanc and 3% semillon.
Sauvignon Blanc Blend
Aromatic and Flavorful