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Wine Recommendation

Cakebread Cellars 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon  (Napa Valley)

Cakebread Cellars

2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
(Napa Valley)

Along with Robert Mondavi, Chappellet, the Davies of Schramsberg, Louis Martini and Heitz, Cakebread was one of the “founding” families of early Napa Valley, dating back over 30 years. Today family members still own and operate the winery.

From their original 22 acre parcel purchased in 1972, the family now owns 420 acres throughout Napa Valley planted to Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Zinfandel, and recently acquired a new site for Pinot Noir in the Anderson Valley. Winemaker Julianne Laks has been with the winery for 20 years and is the first non-family member to hold the position.

This wine has a base of Cabernet Sauvignon from both warmer and cooler locations across the valley, plus 11% Merlot, 0.7% Cabernet Franc and 0.3% Malbec. With plum, cassis, currant, barnyard, mushroom, sage, bay leaf, and meaty notes (think braised beef and tomatoes) it is a classic example of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Medium in body, this robust and chewy wine has strapping tannins, firm structure, and a long finish. This is one for the cellar.

Reviewed December 5, 2006 by Catherine Fallis.

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The Wine

Winery: Cakebread Cellars
Vintage: 2003
Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Napa Valley
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon (88%), Merlot (11%), Cabernet Franc (1%), Malbec
Price: 750ml $58.00

Review Date: 12/5/2006

The Reviewer

Catherine Fallis

Founder and President of Planet Grape LLC, a company committed to bringing the joy of wine, food, and good living into the lives of everyday people, Catherine is creator of the “grape goddess guides to good living,” a series of books, television presentations, seminars, and e-learning programs. The fifth woman in the world to become a Master Sommelier, grape goddess Catherine Fallis is still very much down-to-earth.