Cakebread Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California, 2018
Overview of the Wine
Since 1973, Cakebread Cellars has been producing world-class wines built on quality and consistency, reflecting the personalities of their estate vineyards as well as the spirit of their entire team.
This wine opens with aromas of ripe golden apple, white peach, and notes of oak. On the palate, apple and pear characters are balanced by fresh acidity, and the finish is clean, with appealing mineral notes.
This is a versatile pairing wine with fresh salads, grilled scallops, and nearly any selection of cheeses.
Grape / Blend
Napa Valley, California
90 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2018 Chardonnay comes 95% from Carneros and 5% from Napa Valley. Barrel fermented in 33% new oak, it spent eight months on the lees, and 18% went through malolactic. It was bottled June 1, 2019. Slowly, it reveals very pretty poached pears, apple pie and apricot scents with touches of beeswax, toasted almond and lanolin. Medium-bodied, the palate has great poise and finesse, delivering a racy backbone and loads of tight-knit stone fruit flavors, finishing long and toasty.