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Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay Reserve 2016

Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay Reserve 750ML 2016    Wine Advocate 91 points 
Sku: 01421

2010 was the first vintage produced entirely from estate vineyards Cuttings Wharf, Milton Road and Foster Road in the cool-climate Carneros district of southern Napa Valley. These prime sites are planted to six distinctive, high-quality clones of Chardonnay. The grapes were night harvested and whole-cluster pressed and the juice was inoculated with cultured and native yeast strains to foster greater complexity and a refreshing minerality. The juice was then fermented, 35% in new French oak barrels. Due to its perfect natural balance, it did not undergo malolactic fermentation. 15 months of barrel aging on its lees with periodic stirring further refined its round, creamy texture, vibrant, varietally expressive aromas and rich, concentrated flavors.

Rating
 Wine Advocate 91 points (Sep 2019)
The 2016 Chardonnay Reserve is all estate fruit from Carneros, with 43% coming from their vineyard on Cuttings Wharf Road. It is 100% barrel fermented using 34% new oak and aged on the lees for 15 months, with 8% native yeast fermentation and 50% malolactic fermentation. The nose bursts from the glass with bold, gregarious guava, pineapple upside-down cake and peach cobbler notions plus nuances of clover honey, almond croissant and nutmeg. Medium to full-bodied, the palate reveals a beautiful satiny texture and lovely freshness supporting the fantastic intensity of exotic fruit and peach preserves layers, finishing very long and spicy.

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Country: United States
Region: California
Sub-Region: Napa County
Appellation: Napa Valley
Grape Varietal: Chardonnay
Type: Still wine
 
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