Vineyard Locations: Napa Valley & Anderson Valley, CA
Founded in 1972, Cakebread Cellars is one of the leading wine producers in California with 11 vineyards spread across Napa Valley and Anderson Valley. Jack and Dolores Cakebread discovered their original vineyard while on a photo shoot for the book “Treasury of American Wines." A casual offer for the property was accepted before the trip was over and a year later they bottled their first vintage – 1973 Chardonnay.
Today, Cakebread produces a variety of wines including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and more. Production of Cakebread wines is led by winemaker Julianne Laks and cellarmaster Brian Lee.
Bruce Cakebread, CEO, defines the central tenet of their viticulture as follows, “Our approach to maximizing quality is to grow the very best fruit possible, so that every grape cluster and berry we harvest from a particular vineyard is the finest expression of that site. Because our goal is to improve quality year to year, our wines undergo a slow evolution in style that ensures our longtime customers find them perennially delicious and intriguing."
Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon: Boysenberry, dark plum, blackberry. Hints of spice and dark cherry.
Cakebread Chardonnay: Creamy golden apple, white peach, and melon. Hints of mineral and oak spice.
Cakebread Pinot Noir: Red and black cherry and tea-leaf spice. Finish has notes of black cherry and spice.
Cakebread Reserve Chardonnay: Golden apple, Asian pear with notes of crème brulee and vanilla.
Cakebread Merlot: Ripe black cherry, blackberry and red plum with hints of oak and chocolate