2015 Cakebread Chardonnay

Year: 2015
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 88
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.1%
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"Fans of pure, tart, flinty Chardonnay without oak will find this alluring. Zesty acidity keeps the flavors lively. Drink now. 20,000 cases made.–JL " (WS)

Winery Notes:
In 2015, 90% of the grapes for our Napa Valley Chardonnay came from the cool-climate Carneros district at the southern tip of the valley, with 40% of the fruit from our estate Carneros vineyards. Carneros enjoys a long, cool growing season that fully ripens its fruit while retaining the bright acidity that gives our Napa Valley Chardonnay its freshness and vitality. We complemented our Carneros fruit in 2015 with chardonnay grapes from just north of the city of Napa that yield especially luscious wines. This helped us craft a sumptuous, yet elegant and complex chardonnay that drinks beautifully young, but also ages gracefully in bottle.

After abundant harvests from 2012 through 2014, the 2015 vintage produced a notably lighter crop. A warm, dry winter fostered early bud-break, and consistently mild summer weather, with a few late-season heat spikes, led to our earliest harvest ever. (Since Cakebread Cellars has been around since 1973, that’s saying something.) The light crop yielded small chardonnay berries and clusters boasting bright, intense varietal flavors. We harvested the fruit between August 13th and September 4th with an ideal balance of sugars and acidity.

100% of the grapes were hand-harvested at night to maximize freshness and varietal intensity. The fruit was then whole-cluster-pressed, with the free-run juice transferred to French oak barrels for fermentation. After primary fermentation completed, 29% of the wine was put through a secondary, malolactic fermentation to enrich its flavors and texture. The barrel-fermented portion of the wine aged sur lie (on the yeast lees) in 35% new French oak barrels for eight months, with periodic stirring of the lees to layer the wine’s crisp, vibrant fruit flavors with an appealingly creamy, slightly yeasty tone.

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