Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Date Printed: 10/1/2014
Cakebread Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Cakebread Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
(search item no. 86214)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $109.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2002 Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon displays a complex, seductive aroma of ripe blackberry and plum fruit augmented by scents of tar, coffee and sweet oak. On the palate, the wine is full-textured and lush, with rich plum, black fig and cocoa flavors supported by smooth tannins. Boasting excellent structure and balance, this delicious Napa Valley Cabernet is delightful to drink now, but will handsomely repay another 7-10 years of cellaring.

In 2002, Napa Valley enjoyed a long, mild growing season of consistently warm days and cool nights, with just a few manageable heat spikes in late September and early October. With an expectation of healthy yields, many growers significantly thinned their crops and pruned shoots and leaves extensively to guarantee the vines put all their energy into ripening the remaining grape clusters, ensuring highly concentrated, complex fruit flavors. Cakebread Cellars further maximized grape quality by using advanced soil moisture management techniques to precisely calibrate the amount of water required by the vines at critical junctures throughout the season.

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About Cakebread:

Over 30 years ago, Jack Cakebread came to photograph the Napa Valley for a book and while there, he casually mentioned his interest in one day owning a vineyard to some family friends who had a ranch in Rutherford. When he returned home that afternoon, the phone rang and it was the family friends offering to sell their property. He headed back up to the valley that same afternoon to make his best offer, and Cakebread Cellars was born.

As the Cakebread family reflects upon the many profound changes in the wine industry over the last 33 years, such as innovative farming techniques and new methods of reaching out to consumers, they note that their key values have remained the same. Dedication to making the highest quality wines and a commitment to family has followed a continuum as their first small vineyard has grown into a thriving internationally distributed wine company.