1996 Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Benchland Select
Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML

  • WS 93

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WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, October 2000
Deliciously ripe and intense sharply focused rich and deep with gobs of complex earthy currant tobacco coffee mocha and spicy flavors finishing with a soft supple aftertaste. Best from 2002 through 2012. 350 cases made. (JL)
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 1996


Cakebread Cellars

Jack and Dolores Cakebread bought their first vineyard in 1972, a 22-acre site. The next year, they founded their Rutherford-based winery, Cakebread Cellars. The winery now holds 1,100 acres spread over 13 sites in Napa Valley and Anderson Valley with about 560 of those acres under vine. Cakebread is still owned and operated by the family.

Cakebread Cellars is best-known for its Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. It also produces Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, Lake County Zinfandel and Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Merlot.

The wine styles are flavorful and generally fruit-driven, but still reflective of terroir. New French oak is used moderately and enhances the wine without obscuring natural complexity.