CAKEBREAD CELLARS CAB 750
This wine is a classic expression of a Napa ValleyCabernetSauvignonwitharomas of blackberry and mocha. Concentrated, intense flavors of ripe boysenberry and blackberry with notes of fig fill the palate. Elegant structured tannins add depth and dimension with a round, rich dark chocolate, dark berry finish. This wine will continue to age gracefully in the bottle for another decade or more. VINEYARDS& VINTAGE This blend of grapes comes from the benchlands of our vineyards in Oakville and Rutherford—including Hill Ranch, which surrounds the Rutherford home of Jack and Dolores Cakebread. Benchlands are the narrow regions that mark the transition from the valley floor to mountain slope. Mountain shade protects grapes from extreme conditions, allowing them to ripen slowly and steadily. Gravelly benchland “bale loam” soils provide good drainage but also retain good water in the root zone. Slight differences in mesoclimateand soil structure—Rutherford sits just to the north of Oakville—give this blend of two appellations a distinctive, opulent complexity. The 2018 growing season kicked off with plentiful winter rainfall to replenish the soils. Steady vine growth and berry development progressed evenly through the summer months. The vintage was cooler than usual; grapes reached peak maturity with balanced fruit flavors and firm tannins.