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Date Printed: 7/11/2014
Cakebread Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Cakebread Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 106029)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $99.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 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 Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted from several prime vineyard sites in Napa Valley's gently sloping western benchlands. In 2007, 54% of our Benchland Select grapes came from the acclaimed Rutherford appellation, with 46% from its equally esteemed southern neighbor, Oakville. Each lot of grapes was hand-harvested at night to ensure the freshest flavors, and then fermented and aged separately prior to blending.

2007 was an exceptional vintage for cabernet sauvignon in Napa Valley. This sumptuous, exquisitely structured Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon displays bright, ripe blackberry, boysenberry and plum fruit aromas mingled with seductive scents of loamy earth and dark chocolate. On the full-bodied, beautifully composed palate, the wine delivers wonderfully fresh, deep and concentrated blackberry and dark plum flavors framed by round, supple tannins and a long, succulent finish enriched by savory cocoa and mocha tones. Dense, lush and seamless, with perfect underlying structure, this delicious Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon drinks beautifully now, but will display even greater complexity with another 6-8 years' aging.

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About Cakebread Cellars:

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.