93 Point Wine Advocate: The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Benchland Select is made from fruit sourced in Rutherford (57%) and Oakville (43%). Ripe dark fruit, flowers and spices are some of the tones that flow from this supple, inviting Cabernet. Hints of mocha, spices and espresso develop in the glass, adding further complexity, but this is essentially a fruit-driven Cabernet for early-term enjoyment, and that should not be a problem. This is elegant and finessed from start to finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020.
Wow. Don't understand why California wines are so expensive. One can buy a great Chianti with a Black Rooster on the label for much less and in my opinion better.
Wine Maker Notes
This Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted from Oakville and Rutherford grapes grown in prime vineyard sites in the heart of Napa Valley’s gently sloping western benchlands. Here, ideal eastern exposures, mild afternoon temperatures and well-drained soils ensure that fruit ripens slowly and evenly throughout the growing season. The blocks are hand harvested, then separately fermented in stainless steel and matured to guarantee that each vineyard site’s finest attributes are reflected in the final blend. After lot-specific maturation, lots are blended and bottled.
Cakebread Cellars' winemaker, Julianne Laks, has sniffed, smelled and tasted her way through more wines than she can count during her 25 plus-year career in the wine industry. Fortunately for us, the last 20 of those years have been at Cakebread Cellars, first as an enologist and later as assistant winemaker under head winemaker, Bruce Cakebread. Julianne was promoted to winemaker when Bruce Cakebread, took the reins from his father as president of the winery in 2002.