Cakebread Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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Made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from three vineyard sites in the benchlands (foothills) of the Mayacamas Mountains, Benchland Select was first released in the 1995 vintage. The blend includes fruit from Jack and Dolores Cakebread's Hill Ranch Vineyard, and all of the grapes were hand picked and de-stemmed before crushing. The gently sloping, easterly-exposed vineyards in the Benchlands benefit from the cool afternoon shadows cast by the mountains, allowing the grapes to mature slowly and evenly. The Benchlands' gravelly loam soils also provide excellent drainage, giving the grapes great concentration. 
Category Red Wine
Varietal
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Brand Cakebread
Alcohol/vol 14.9%
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Wine AdvocateThe 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Benchland Select is a stunner. Aged 22 months in 54% new French oak, the wine has a dense, blackish/blue color, a beautiful nose of graphite, blackberry, blueberry, a touch of charcoal embers and spice. It's youthful, restrained and holding back somewhat. Nevertheless, this is a super-impressive wine that will age effortlessly for 25-30 years. In fact, I don't think it's going to hit its peak for another 5-7 years. This is a beauty.

Robert Parker, December 2015

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