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Cakebread Merlot 2011

Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    14.1% ABV
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    14.1% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    The 2011 Merlot displays expressive aromas of black cherry, red plum and pomegranate with a hint of toasty oak. Richand juicy on the palate, the wine's concentrated dark cherry, plum and blackcurrant flavors are supported by fine tanninsand balanced acidity, leading to a long, fruitful finish showcasing pleasing cassis and toasty oak tones. Red wines from coolyears tend to develop slowly, so while the 2011 Merlot is tasty now, it will reveal the full scope of its charms as it ages.

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    Cakebread Cellars, California
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    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.

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    Undoubtedly proving its merit over and over, Napa Valley is a now a leading force in the world of prestigious red wine regions. Though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates Napa Valley, other red varieties certainly thrive here. Important but often overlooked include Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties well-regarded on their own as well as for their blending capacities. Very old vine Zinfandel represents an important historical stronghold for the region and Pinot noir is produced in the cooler southern parts, close to the San Pablo Bay.

    Perfectly situated running north to south, the valley acts as a corridor, pulling cool, moist air up from the San Pablo Bay in the evenings during the hot days of the growing season, which leads to even and slow grape ripening. Furthermore the valley claims over 100 soil variations including layers of volcanic, gravel, sand and silt—a combination excellent for world-class red wine production.

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