2018 Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay Napa Valley

$41.95
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This classic Napa Chardonnay gets its creaminess from extended barrel aging on the lees. Aromas of golden apple, and white peach balanced with fresh acidity. Medium bodied, the palate has great poise and finesse. Finishes long with toasty vanilla. This is a delicious bottle that oaky Chardonnay lovers should always have on hand.

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.

Varietal:
Chardonnay
Winemaker:
Julianne Laks
Vintage:
2018
Aging:
8 months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak; 20% new
Country of Origin:
United States
Appellation:
Napa Valley
Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Chardonnay
Alcohol %:
14.3%
SKU #:
1040937
Size:
750 ml Bottle
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.