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Date Printed: 12/20/2014
Cakebread Merlot 2009
Cakebread Merlot 2009
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Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $43.19

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 89 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This 2009 Merlot displays ripe black cherry and plum compote aromas complemented by enticing tea-leaf, toasted vanilla and woodsy scents. Plush, rich and juicy on the palate, its densely concentrated black cherry, dark plum and pomegranate flavors are supported by fine-grained tannins and a long, sumptuous finish graced by savory spice and mocha tones. An irresistibly lush Merlot of great depth, length and suppleness, it drinks deliciously now, yet will develop further complexity with another 2-3 years of bottle age.
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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.