Cakebread Cellars

Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon

9.4218 ratings
9.513 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Severn Goodwin

Decanting... To be paired with very nicely grilled, grass fed, lamb sirloin.

We have a love/hate relationship with Wine Spectator whom tasted this at 80 pts in 2005. I fully disagree, but do agree there have been 'better' vintages on this vineyard site.
Intially an interesting cherry cola note, that transitioned to a ripe cherry note, light on the finish, but tannins are not fully resolved yet. My best guess is this needs another five years. This was from a 6-pack case, bought on release, now only two bottles remain. Hopefully I can forget about this until at least 2021.

Decanting... To be paired with very nicely grilled, grass fed, lamb sirloin.

We have a love/hate relationship with Wine Spectator whom tasted this at 80 pts in 2005. I fully disagree, but do agree there have been 'better' vintages on this vineyard site.
Intially an interesting cherry cola note, that transitioned to a ripe cherry note, light on the finish, but tannins are not fully resolved yet. My best guess is this needs another five years. This was from a 6-pack case, bought on release, now only two bottles remain. Hopefully I can forget about this until at least 2021.

Aug 6th, 2017
Erin Crain

#Cakebread Benchland Select #NapaValley #CabernetSauvignon - blackberry, boysenberry, plum and a long finish with mineral notes.

#Cakebread Benchland Select #NapaValley #CabernetSauvignon - blackberry, boysenberry, plum and a long finish with mineral notes.

1 person found it helpfulAug 8th, 2014
David Traynor

Assistant Winemaker Vin du Lac Winery

9.4

Z'omg. Wasn't showing any signs of being 13 years old. Seriously vibrant with great acid balance. Poor waitress destroyed the cork, but no filter for us. Poured to the bottom without sediment. Fantastic and deep, best bottle I've had in a while.

Z'omg. Wasn't showing any signs of being 13 years old. Seriously vibrant with great acid balance. Poor waitress destroyed the cork, but no filter for us. Poured to the bottom without sediment. Fantastic and deep, best bottle I've had in a while.

1 person found it helpfulNov 5th, 2013
David L

07' Cakebread Cellar Benchland Select Cabernet. Cakebread... yes , this 07' is dynamite. I know what you're thinking "Cakebread " this 07' with a 30 minute decant 👍. Drink.

07' Cakebread Cellar Benchland Select Cabernet. Cakebread... yes , this 07' is dynamite. I know what you're thinking "Cakebread " this 07' with a 30 minute decant 👍. Drink.

Jun 25th, 2017
David L

07' Cakebread Benchland Select. Cabernet. 100% CB. It spent 22 months in slightly over 50% new oak.

This wine was shut down a few years back (Little fruit/wood ). Brick red in color. The Cab doesn't look like it's 9 years old. A full- bodied beautiful cab. This wine is open for business, with a short decanting.
Luscious black fruits. Moderate oak/ tannins, light acidity. Drinking now-? Love this also in the 08' . Screw the name. Purchase the wine!

07' Cakebread Benchland Select. Cabernet. 100% CB. It spent 22 months in slightly over 50% new oak.

This wine was shut down a few years back (Little fruit/wood ). Brick red in color. The Cab doesn't look like it's 9 years old. A full- bodied beautiful cab. This wine is open for business, with a short decanting.
Luscious black fruits. Moderate oak/ tannins, light acidity. Drinking now-? Love this also in the 08' . Screw the name. Purchase the wine!

Nov 20th, 2016
Sofia Horvath

Soft, complex.

Soft, complex.

Mar 29th, 2014
J D
8.5

Good complexity of primary and secondary aromas, and a lot of stuffing, including pronounced wood tannins. This should have better days ahead.

Good complexity of primary and secondary aromas, and a lot of stuffing, including pronounced wood tannins. This should have better days ahead.

Jan 23rd, 2014
Antoine Pin

Wine Buyer Kroger/QFC

9.9

Holy crap! Mmmmmm...so good! Opening well after 30 minutes. So many layers. Bold, rustic old world-yet-new-world. Nikki says, "it's good!!" $150 / 94pts

Holy crap! Mmmmmm...so good! Opening well after 30 minutes. So many layers. Bold, rustic old world-yet-new-world. Nikki says, "it's good!!" $150 / 94pts

Nov 5th, 2013
Kyle Katterjohn

Such a fine meal my Kek#new job@more mo ey

Such a fine meal my Kek#new job@more mo ey

Oct 8th, 2020
David Bettencourt

Wow this was fantastic. Oak, leather and black currants hit your nose up front. Dry with deep cherry flavor and a smooth finish. 2013 vintage.

Wow this was fantastic. Oak, leather and black currants hit your nose up front. Dry with deep cherry flavor and a smooth finish. 2013 vintage.

Jun 23rd, 2020