Clad in that beautiful green bottle and minimalist label, the gold standard in Napa Valley Chardonnay never fails to impress us. From the pitch-perfect 2016 vintage, this one is packed to the gills with aromas of golden apple butter, poached pears, and a long finish accented by hints of Meyer lemon oil. This comes mostly from Cakebread’s holdings in Carneros, and it’s concentration makes it easy to see why it’s so successful. This is a terrific look to bring to your next dinner party—that is if your hosts don’t decide to discreetly secret it away for themselves!
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.