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Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay Reserve 2011

Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay Reserve 750ML 2011      
Sku: 12862

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.

Tasting notes
This wine shows creamy, yeasty, butterscotch, ripe peach and yellow apple fruit aromas, with nutmeg and cinnamon spice notes from the aging in French oak barrels. With full-bodied, round, rich and creamy-lush apple, peach and creme brulee flavors on the palate, the wine displays refreshing mineral traces, and a long, lively finish with bright acidity and a hint of citrus zest. This structured, sumptuous wine should age for another 5-7 years in bottle.

Rating
 Wine Advocate 87 points (Oct 2013)
Dominated more by smoky hazelnut characteristics, the richer, fuller 2011 Chardonnay Reserve is medium-bodied and best drunk over the next 3-4 years.

Wine maker notes
Our 2011 Napa Valley Reserve Chardonnay introduces itself with creamy, yeasty, butterscotch-y aromas that quickly reveal lovely ripe peach and yellow apple fruit scents layered with nutmeg and cinnamon spice notes from the French oak barrels in which it was fermented and aged. Full-bodied, round and extremely rich and creamy on the palate, the wine expertly marries lush apple, peach and crème brulee flavors with refreshing mineral tones, culminating in a long, lively finish buoyed by bright acidity and a hint of citrus zest. Beautifully structured, this sumptuous Napa Valley Chardonnay should age beautifully in bottle for another 5-7 years.

Food pairing
Pair with salmon, swordfish, veal and light pork, bouillabaisse or cream bisques.

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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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