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Date Printed: 9/22/2014
Cakebread Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Cakebread Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 101589)
collectible wine


PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $99.00

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
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2006 Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted from two prime vineyard sites in the heart of Napa Valley's gently sloping western benchlands, with 63% of the grapes coming from the Oakville appellation and 37% from the Rutherford appellation. These sites enjoy ideal eastern exposures, mild afternoon temperatures and well-drained soils, ensuring their fruit ripens slowly and evenly throughout the growing season. We hand-harvest, ferment and age each block separately to capture its unique qualities, then blend the lots to create a Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon of exceptional fragrance, depth and character.

This sumptuous Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon offers fragrant aromas of blackberry, boysenberry and ripe fig coupled with seductive loam, leather, dark chocolate and spice scents. Full and well-rounded on the palate, its lavish blackberry, black cherry and dark chocolate flavors are framed by powerful, yet supple tannins and extend into a long, lush finish. Seamlessly structured, with dense, concentrated fruit, this latest edition of our luxurious Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon drinks beautifully now, but will reward another 6-8 years of bottle aging.

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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.