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WL Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 26 ratings

Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

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We just got a bottle of this from JJ Buckley wines (http://www.jjbuckley.com) and will be drinking it Monday. That's a bit early for this wine, but I'm excited to get a review back to you guys.

Posted by jason on September 14th, 2007 at 2:06pm | report comment

From the winery's website:

After crushing and cold-soaking the fruit for 24-36 hours to enhance extraction, the juice from each vineyard lot was fermented separately in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, at warm temperatures, to fully extract color and flavor. Fermentation completed in approximately seven days, but the wines macerated on the skins for an additional three weeks to maximize color and flavor extraction and enhance tannins. The free run juice from each lot was then drained and transferred to French oak barrels, 57% new, for aging. During this period, we frequently taste each lot to monitor its aroma and flavor development, texture, and oak character. In spring, 2006, the lots chosen for our Napa Valley bottling were blended, and subsequently aged an additional 14 months in barrel before bottling in July, 2006.

Posted by kimannwall on September 17th, 2007 at 3:32pm | report comment

Cakebread makes excellent Cabernet! The nose is beautiful and full of cedar and eucalyptus. The first sip is somewhat mild, but additional sips give way to black cherries and nice spicy pepper.

I'd buy a bottle now (2007) and cellar it until 2010.

Posted by kimannwall on September 18th, 2007 at 9:33am | report comment

This wine is tearing up the ratings here at WineLog. So Kim and I had to get some to give it a try. We both loved it. 5 stars.

Nice floral nose. Juicy tannins. A little bit of chocolate and raspberry flavor. Very smooth without being watered down. The finish forces a smile on your face.

This wine has 14.2% alcohol but doesn't force itself on you like some other wines with that much happy spice. To contrast things, we tasted this along side Beringer's 2004 Founder's Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. The Beringer wine came in with just 13% alcohol, but had much more "fire" in it and a more obvious alcohol taste.

The main differences you'll notice when trying this wine over some chearper wines are (1) a more complex -and yet blanaces- flavor and (2) a nicer aftertaste.

If you have the cash, drink this wine. It's great for a gift or for a special dinner.

Posted by jason on September 18th, 2007 at 2:01pm | report comment

One of my favorite wines but hard to get

Posted by klanders on April 30th, 2008 at 11:36am | report comment

It is hard to get due to limited allocations from the winery to the distributors. However, it is HUGELY popular and sells out as soo n as we get it in our store.

Posted by winechick on April 3rd, 2009 at 4:58pm | report comment

Receiveed a bottle of this as a gift and LOVED IT! I told my husband it made my mouth happy - in fact it celebrated all of the senses! Have only found it to buy 1 time - everyone must have heard of it! I agree 5+ stars!!!

Posted by patty61863 on April 4th, 2009 at 7:45am | report comment

What a nose! Made me feel I was in a garden full of fruit trees in bloom, in a state of beauty, freshness, and vigor.

Posted by taracido on April 4th, 2009 at 1:23pm | report comment

I am not sure what all the fuss is about. Tasted twice. The wine is solid. For a much lower price tag you can find many more complex wines.

Posted by thebigbaby on April 4th, 2009 at 9:27pm | report comment

i never met a cakebread i didn't like

Posted by thamilton on April 6th, 2009 at 8:34am | report comment

Known just as well for their Chards and Merlot, this wine is a good representation of quality from lower Napa. Big on fruit upfront with a nice,long finish. Very balanced and not too heavy on tannins. While not cheap, they still price themselves in the lower echelon of the big boy cabs.

Posted by Parkerboy on April 6th, 2009 at 7:57pm | report comment

Excelant

Posted by flamer101 on April 7th, 2009 at 11:53am | report comment

Where can I learn the ridiculous mannerisms of speech that the reviews flaunt? "Big Boy Cabs"? WTF? Is that a moving company? I have attended many a wine tasting and endured the nauseating commentary..."tastes of leather". Yeah right! The wine tasted like a dirty wet dog smells was the most appropriate comment offered. Stop with the drama.

Posted by Ecoli on August 25th, 2009 at 6:42pm | report comment

Cakebread Cabs are a favorite.

Posted by LouisvilleVino on September 26th, 2009 at 5:17pm | report comment

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