2010 Cakebread Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

SKU #1076069 Wine Spectator

 Refreshing lime, apple and pear flavors are delicate and light, with plenty of acidity to keep the flavors fresh. Drink now.  (8/2012)

K&L Notes

For most people, the name Cakebread is synonymous with rich, buttery Napy Valley Chardonnay. But did you know they make a fantastic Sauvignon Blanc, too? Small additions of Sauvignon Musque (5%) and Semillon (4%) give the wine its wonderful complexity and aromatic intensity: honeydew, gooseberry and grapefruit aromas tempt as soon as the bottle is opened, with honeysuckle and vanilla notes that linger in the air. It has a touch of spice on the palate from partial barrel fermentation and aging in neutral French oak (12% barrel fermented, 87% barrel aged) that mingles wonderfully with the melon, citrus and stone fruit flavors. It's broad, but with good supporting acidity. Drink over the next few years with lunchtime salads and seafood.

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Staff Image By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/26/2012 | Send Email
One of my favorite smells in Sauvignon Blanc is grapefruit. The Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc takes it to another level. I could sit and smell the glass no drinking needed. Great scents of pink grapefruit, gooseberry, melon and green apple. Such a beautiful array of scents. But, if you have to drink it. The wine is medium-bodied with rich, vibrant citrus (grapefruit and lime) and mineral flavors balanced by excellent acidity and a long, refreshing finish! Holds it own with a seafood pasta and cream sauce I made.

Staff Image By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/15/2012 | Send Email
The 2010 Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc is the by far one of the best vintages I have tasted of this particular wine. It is Bordeaux Blanc like, with more fruit and brightness then your typical old world white, which for me, is the best combination yet! Lost of minerality and vibrant acid with subtle stone fruit and citrus notes. Enjoy before it gone!

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.1