About Cakebread 2015 Reserve Chardonnay, Napa Valley
This rare reserve Chard is coveted for good reason- It's creamy texture wrapped around luscious butterscotch, melon and pear flavors with a toasty French oak veneer. The grapes come from prime Carneros vineyards, planted with four select Chardonnay clones that flourish in the long ripening conditions of Carneros. Harvested at night by hand to insure they arrive at the winery in pristine condition, the grapes are whole cluster pressed and then barrel fermented in French oak. The wine is then aged on the lees in barrel for 14 months before bottling. Usually only available in restaurants, Wine Express has acquired a small quantity of this cult classic.
Wine Spectator scored this 2015 91 points saying "Well-framed, with concentrated green apple, nectarine and melon flavors that are supported by fresh acidity. The spicy finish offers mineral and white cherry notes. Drink now through 2022."
and this was a 95 point, Platinum Award winner in the 2018 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition. They said "Beautifully stylized Chardonnay that continues a long track record of excellence. Crisp yet creamy, the wine delivers lemon crème, apple, soft oak toast and delicate spice aromas and flavors that fill the mouth and finish clean with a big integrated push of flavor. This is my kind of Chardonnay."