Cakebread Cellars

Napa Valley Chardonnay

9.11084 ratings
8.955 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
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Just tried new vintage! 30+ years ago, Jack Cakebread came to photograph Napa for a book & bought a vineyard, Cakebread Cellars was born. Cakebread wine offerings are among my Favs, Chard is no exception, consistent quality year/year. The ‘17 has an elegant nose, stone fruits, citrus, floral & honey scents. On the palate complex flavors of apple, peach & lemon zest, balanced with good acidity & great mouthfeel. Lingering finish ending with wet stone and citrus character. Can age a bit but I just cannot hold on to these bottles long enough!

Just tried new vintage! 30+ years ago, Jack Cakebread came to photograph Napa for a book & bought a vineyard, Cakebread Cellars was born. Cakebread wine offerings are among my Favs, Chard is no exception, consistent quality year/year. The ‘17 has an elegant nose, stone fruits, citrus, floral & honey scents. On the palate complex flavors of apple, peach & lemon zest, balanced with good acidity & great mouthfeel. Lingering finish ending with wet stone and citrus character. Can age a bit but I just cannot hold on to these bottles long enough!

Jun 25th, 2019
Chris McClellan

Classic Chardonnay, ripe apple fruit, creamy with lees, vanilla, baking spices....paired well with chicken and creamy gravy...

Classic Chardonnay, ripe apple fruit, creamy with lees, vanilla, baking spices....paired well with chicken and creamy gravy...

Apr 3rd, 2019
Sipping Fine Wine

30+ years ago, Jack Cakebread came to photograph Napa for a book & bought a vineyard, Cakebread Cellars was born. Cakebread wine offerings are among my Favs, Chard is no exception, consistent quality year/year. ’15, an early harvest showing aromas of green fruits, citrus & honey scents. On the palate complex flavors of apple, melon & lemon zest, balanced with good acidity & great mouthfeel. Lingering finish ending with sweet mineral spice. Update: Had this a year ago, it’s still great & getting better now!

30+ years ago, Jack Cakebread came to photograph Napa for a book & bought a vineyard, Cakebread Cellars was born. Cakebread wine offerings are among my Favs, Chard is no exception, consistent quality year/year. ’15, an early harvest showing aromas of green fruits, citrus & honey scents. On the palate complex flavors of apple, melon & lemon zest, balanced with good acidity & great mouthfeel. Lingering finish ending with sweet mineral spice. Update: Had this a year ago, it’s still great & getting better now!

Nov 20th, 2018
Vino Kaela

Another good rendition of a Napa Valley classic. Tart citrus notes, Granny Smith apple a soft touch of new French oak.

Another good rendition of a Napa Valley classic. Tart citrus notes, Granny Smith apple a soft touch of new French oak.

Sep 13th, 2018
Phillip Giganti

Great mouth feel. Pulled some citrus notes, lemon lime etc... Crisp with nice earthy undertones.

Great mouth feel. Pulled some citrus notes, lemon lime etc... Crisp with nice earthy undertones.

4 people found it helpfulFeb 9th, 2013
Sipping Fine Wine

Over 30 years ago, Jack Cakebread came to photograph Napa for a book & bought a vineyard, Cakebread Cellars was born. I always liked Cakebread’s wine offerings, Chardonnay is no exception, consistent quality year/year. This was an early harvest showing aromas of green fruits, citrus & honey scents. On the palate complex flavors of apple, melon & lemon zest, balanced with good acidity & great mouthfeel. Lingering finish ending with sweet mineral spice. Nice now but a few years in cellar will benefit.

Over 30 years ago, Jack Cakebread came to photograph Napa for a book & bought a vineyard, Cakebread Cellars was born. I always liked Cakebread’s wine offerings, Chardonnay is no exception, consistent quality year/year. This was an early harvest showing aromas of green fruits, citrus & honey scents. On the palate complex flavors of apple, melon & lemon zest, balanced with good acidity & great mouthfeel. Lingering finish ending with sweet mineral spice. Nice now but a few years in cellar will benefit.

2 people found it helpfulOct 11th, 2017
Corey Zamora, CSW

Almost too much acid, not enough body. The lack of oak was a big surprise. There are Chardonnays half this price that deliver more however

Almost too much acid, not enough body. The lack of oak was a big surprise. There are Chardonnays half this price that deliver more however

2 people found it helpfulOct 22nd, 2014
Dave Anderson

Nice finish, earlier years were better

Nice finish, earlier years were better

2 people found it helpfulJul 12th, 2014
BurgundyFan

No sign of wood, well done

No sign of wood, well done

2 people found it helpfulJul 7th, 2014
Sam Todd

Classic CA chard. Good butter but not overpowering. Nice apple and peach tones.

Classic CA chard. Good butter but not overpowering. Nice apple and peach tones.

1 person found it helpfulJul 7th, 2018