16 months since my Spectator Cakebread Lunch tasting note (after which I bought 6), and this wine has developed well. Concentrated juicy plum and dry cherry fruit, integrated cedar and smoke with a dash of liquorice/spice in the background. Racey, elegant and Bordeaux-like. Only a touch of heat at the back of the throat betrays the 14.5%. Drinking nicely now, but feel another couple of years will see yet further improvement. Excellent - 91+?+
1 hour decant. Blackberry, mulberry, black cherry, dust, and quite a bit of cigar box. The tannins are still evident but are smooth and well integrated. This might pass for Bordeaux in a blind tasting.
Garnet with medium viscosity in the glass. Fantastic nose of plum, strawberry, earth, toast, volcanic minerals, black fruit and muted flowers. Medium body and composed with plum, strawberry, wet earth, mulberry, toast and sweet spice. Secondary olive and mushroom. Fine chalky tannin. Med-long finish. Exceeded my expectations with harmonious balance.
Winemaker's Lunch with Bruce Cakebread at The Spectator, Westminster. Limited notes. BC said this should ideally have had a 4 hour decant to show at its best. It only had 1-2 hours or so to breathe in bottle. Blended with small (<5% each) quantities of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot this wine has a very tight classical structure and in my view needs at least another 2-3 years to show well rather than extra breathing time! Unfair to mark in this state but should make 91++ with time.
A luxurious and delicious wine! Aromas and flavors of chocolate, cherry and oak. It is tannic (which I enjoy) and certainly will benefit from aging. Still has incredible balance and a pleasing/long finish. Without a doubt, one of my favorite Napa Valley Cabs and Wineries, Cakebread is always certain to please. I have tried the 2011, 2010, 2009 & 2007 vintages, all were a bit different (of course) but had the same wonderful essence. Certainly worth the $!