2018 Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay Napa Valley

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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 2018 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.

Julianne Laks
8 months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak; 20% new
Country of Origin:
United States
Napa Valley
Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Chardonnay
Alcohol %:
SKU #:
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.