Cakebread Cellars

Dancing Bear Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2014

Great wine. It does open with more big red fruit, then let it open and it goes black. Great fruit, chocolate, nice finish. — 6 days ago

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Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon

Wow.. amazingly balanced bold cab with a slight fruit forward taste — a month ago


Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

David T

We drove up Howell Mountain to get to Cade two Sundays ago. What we witnessed was a horror show of fire damage. It’s hard to see nature destroyed in such a fashion. What was worse were all the brick chimneys only standing where there were once a home or a winery building.

Glass fire note. The fire investigation revealed the fire was started by a Cakebread electric fence short. An additional saddening note is Dolores Cakebread, the co-founder of Cakebread Cellars died shortly after the Glass Fire started. She was 90. No way to know if the stress of the fire factored into her passing.

The Howell Mountain was showing better than the Estate...rounder & a touch softer. The tannins were big, grainy, meaty, tarry & dry. This needs another 8 years in bottle to shine. I think at that point, it will push more 94-95. Ripe; blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, plum & dark cherries. Showing big wood as sucking on a wood plank. Used dark expresso grounds, leather, graphite, dry tobacco, dry brush, dark chocolate, caramel, dark spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, some black licorice notes. dry, crushed rock powder, dry top soils with fresh, dark, red & purple flowers. The acidity is nicely executed. The finish will take time. It’s good, well balanced but, showing little of the integration I prefer.

Photos of; Cade Estate vines, outside patio tasting area, infinity wall and their Estate Cabernet fruit unharvested. Sadly, about 80-85% of the 2020 Napa Valley Cabernet fruit will never see bottling.
— 20 days ago

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Deborah M

Deborah M

I really like Cade’s Howell Mountain. Great review. The fire destruction is so sad.

Cakebread Cellars

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

First taste of this grower. Held up well against nickel and nickel. — 5 days ago

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Annahala Ranch Pinot Noir 2014

A great California Pinot Noir. Beautiful. — 10 days ago

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Vine Hill Ranch Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

From the Autry archives. Celebrating. Definitely has improved with age. Smooth, powerful, elegant. One more bottle left. — 24 days ago

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Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016

Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016: Citrus & apple with a subtle touch of oak & butter. A classic and beautiful California Chardonnay! Cheers🍷 — 18 days ago

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Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2017

Pinot contestant in wine tasting with Mark and Michele — good memories going with thomas to Cakebread! — a month ago

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