With the majority of grapes sourced from benchland vineyards in Oakville and Rutherford, a fraction of the grapes are grown on the special Hill Ranch that surrounds the home of Jack and Dolores Cakebread. The wine has inviting aromatics of violet, cherry and a warm toastiness from French Oak aging. The palate is layered with tones of blueberry, cassis and herbs. Fine tannins lead to a long, satisfying finish.
Neither a cake, nor a bread. The winery got its start when Jack Cakebread took an unassuming trip to wine country to photograph the area for a book. Within a few days, Cakebread Winery was already taking shape. It’s been a wild ride over the last forty years for the valley pioneers. Visitors to the winery with an interest in wine as a part of healthy living are on the upswing. While times are ‘a changing,’ the winery’s premise remains unshakable; to produce memorable, food friendly wines that speak of their distinctive terroir. Visitors to the Rutherford estate experience the wine, and if they are lucky, a glimpse of Dolores Cakebread’s famed gardens. This is where the good life was imagined, and here it’s eagerly shared.
Also terrific, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Benchland Select offers a touch more toasty oak and graphite as well as awesome notes of caramelized cherries, cassis, and leafy herbs. Medium to full-bodied, ripe, opulent, yet fresh and lively, with no sensation of heaviness of coarseness, this perfectly balanced 2015 can be enjoyed anytime over the coming two decades or more as well.Wine Advocate:
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Benchland Select displays a deep garnet-purple color with a very pretty nose of lilacs and roses over a core of cassis, blueberries and black cherries with hints of baking spices and dusty earth. The palate is rich and generous, with perfumed fruit framed by fine-grained tannins and loads of freshness, finishing long.