Wine Review: 2007 Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay


I’ve been a chardonnay drinker for a few years now. When I prepare a very nice meal I want to compliment it with a deserving wine. One of my all time favorite Chardonnay’s is from Cakebread Cellars from Napa Valley.

Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay is one of those wines that is hard to find locally. Restaurants get first shipments and then what ever is left is then shipped (usually 1 or 2 cases) to deserving stores. The 2007 version was very hard to find for me in the Houston area. I have a friend who puts on wine tasting seminars and was able to score a couple of bottles for me at a local grocery store of all places. I paid $41 per bottle and asked for a third but the Wine Manager declined me as he wanted to ‘spread the wealth’ around. So I thanked him and went on my way with two bottles.

For those who are not big on chardonnay for what ever reason you choose, this is a MUST wine to try. If the price is a turn-off then buy a bottle and save it for an anniversary or birthday, at least an intimate evening with your significant other.

What is so different about Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay? From the first pour you’ll see that this chardonnay is light in color, almost straw-like with a golden shimmer. Your sense of smell will be invited by the hints of green apples and a scent of apricot & a suggestive hint of flint.

This chardonnay does not possess a heavy oak-barrel overtone as some cheaper chardonnay’s produce. Because of this, many shy away from chardonnay because of the white wine headache. I have found that Cakebread Chardonnay does not do this. So it is an excellent wine to introduce to those who drink little wine.

As you take your first sip, savor it. Your palate will be introduced to a light buttery finish, just a hint of the French oak on the back end. This wine has a wonderful depth, great balance of fruit and crisp, but not tangy like cheap chardonnay’s. Your finish is fresh yet silky.

It is so hard to beat this Chardonnay from Cakebread Cellars. I highly recommend it for your next small gathering, anniversary, birthday, or an evening of low lights and scented candles with the one you love.

Once you try Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay, you’ll wonder why you’ve been buying the cheap stuff.

…enjoy and remember me on your next anniversary. 😉

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  2. Robert Dwyer says:

    Great review of a great wine. I'm a big fan of Cakebread too, and their wines seem to be trickling down to retailers more lately due to the bad economy.Cheers!

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