Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay Reserve 2020

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Primary Notes: Licorice Apple / Pear Peach Melon

Secondary Notes:

Tertiary Notes:

Body: Full

Dryness: Neutral

Acidity: Medium

Tannin: Light

Alcohol (%):

Origin: Napa Valley, California, USA

Maker: Cakebread Cellars

Grape: Chardonnay

Fermentation: Biodynamic, Low Carbon Footprint Heavy Wood



Serving Temperature: Best enhoyed between 8 - 10 degrees

Asian Food Pairing: peking duck, braised sea cucumber

Western Food Pairing: seared scallop, lobster


Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay Reserve

The family vineyards Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay Reserve opens with aromas of creamy golden apple, peach, and baking spice that lead into intense, concentrated flavors of sweet apple, melon and pear. This is a balanced, fresh wine, with the kind of acidity that makes pairing with food easy. 
When grapes reach full maturity, the team harvest them by night in small batches, while they’re still cool from evening temperatures. The grapes are pressed as whole clusters, and fermented by individual lots in French oak (36% with native yeast). Stirring of the yeast lees during 15 months of aging in French oak (35% new) enhances the wine’s texture and complexity. They then blend individual lots and reintroduce the blend into barrels to fully harmonize the finished wine.
The Carneros appellation in the southernmost winegrowing region in Napa Valley has perfect conditions for growing Chardonnay—cool, windswept, gently rolling vineyards with the kind of loamy soils that naturally control vine growth. An extended growing season here allows grapes to develop slowly, with high acidity and exquisite balance. The family is proud to farm four estate vineyards here, all located near each other on a low ridge. They've planted more than a dozen Chardonnay clones, so that grapes from these vineyards give distinct but complementary personalities. Each vintage, the team select the very favorite lots and blend them to produce their very own complex and layered Chardonnay Reserve.
The 2019 growing season began with ample rainfall to fill the soils. A long, warm summer with cool foggy mornings and plenty of sunshine allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly, preserving the freshness in the fruit.

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