One of my earliest recollections of Cakebread is one of my fondest memories of this wine. Years ago, back in my novice drinking days, after a long day at work I decided to open up a bottle of wine while I started dinner. It was toward the beginning of the week, a Tuesday at best. When my husband walked in from work, I poured him a glass as well. He took a sip and immediately says, “wow this is really good, what did you open?” My reply, “Not sure, something cake??” I assumed I had opened the other wine brand that has “cake” in their name. When my husband noticed it was Cakebread, all he could do was laugh and from there on out, Tuesday became our day of the week to open up the good stuff. This 2017 Chardonnay is no exception and perfect to jump starting the summer.
I immediately thought of a classic, traditional Chardonnay the moment this wine hit my mouth. Barrel aged for 8 months in 36% new French Oak, it shows off its richness and creamy goodness instantaneously, with pear and minerality rounding out the flavors. Ripe apple, saline, hints of floral and citrus notes flirt with your senses. Take your time with this one, it’s a fun one to sip and swirl.
Cakebread Cellars continues to be one of the most esteemed and adored wineries in California’s renowned Napa Valley. Much of that success can be attributed to founders Jack and Dolores Cakebread, known for their warm and gracious hospitality. Quality has always been more important than quantity. Endurance and solidity continue to be core values for Cakebread Cellars and their wines.
Since its founding in 1973, the winery has earned a reputation for producing world-class wines. It all began with the first 22 acre parcel purchased in 1972, in Rutherford. Over the years, the family has continued to acquire additional vineyard parcels throughout Napa Valley and the North Coast totaling 1617 acres, 584 of which are currently planted. These thought out acquisitions have allowed the winery to be in complete control of the quality of the fruit and winemaking process.
Today, the winery is run by the Cakebread’s two sons, Bruce and Dennis, working alongside winemaker Stephanie Jacobs, who has been with Cakebread Cellars since 2004. Not only is the quality of the fruit important, but also being innovative in winegrowing strategies and technologies, which has played a key role in their success. In the last few years, Cakebread Cellars acquired a new, state-of-the-art destemmer, berry sorter and juice chemistry analyzer. As a green-certified winery, farming organically or sustainably, they continue to look for new techniques for generating and conserving energy.
With over 45 years of prosperous winemaking, this is a must visit winery to include on your next Napa trip. All tastings and tours are by appointment only. They offer a variety of tours and tastings including a reserve tasting, wine and food pairing and an in-depth educational tour and tasting. Wine has a way of bringing people together, so don’t be shy, open up that nice bottle of wine on a Tuesday. Create some memories, you’ll be glad you did. Cheers!
This post was sponsored by Cakebread Cellars. All opinions stated are my own.