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.
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.