2005 Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Benchland Select
Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2015
Cakebread Cellars have been on a roll, and looking back at the 2005s makes me realize just how impressive their wines have been. The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Benchland Select is a stunner. From the gravelly, loamy soils of... Cakebread Cellars have been on a roll, and looking back at the 2005s makes me realize just how impressive their wines have been. The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Benchland Select is a stunner. From the gravelly, loamy soils of the western benchlands in Napa Valley, it was aged 21 months in French oak, but the oak is not overdone, and the result is a wine with gorgeous blueberry, blackberry and cassis fruit, licorice and white chocolate notes, supple tannins, a medium to full-bodied opulence, and an undeniably seductive feeling at its plateau of maturity, where it should hold for another decade. This is a great effort from the Cakebread family to drink over the next decade. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2005

Winery

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.