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Cakebread Cellars
8300 St. Helena Hwy
Rutherford, CA 94573
(800) 588-0298

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2014
Benchland Select

Cabernet Sauvignon

Quantity is limited. Call the winery at (800) 588 - 0298

Enticing boysenberry, blackberry, blackcurrant and dark cherry fruit aromas, coupled with scents of loam, chocolate and sweet, toasty oak, introduce the lush, mouth-filling flavors of this sumptuous cabernet sauvignon. Boasting deep and luxurious blackberry, boysenberry, blackcurrant and dark cherry fruit, this rich, yet elegant red is framed by supple, polished tannins and culminates in an impressively long finish brimming with seductive blackberry, chocolate and wood spice tones. Thoroughly delicious now, our 2014 Benchland Select will handsomely reward another 7-10 years of bottle age.

Recent Acclaim

October 31, 2017

94 Points
Drink 2017 - 2035

Robert Parker Online

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Benchland Select displays a deep garnet-purple color with a very pretty nose of lilacs and roses over a core of cassis, blueberries and black cherries with hints of baking spices and dusty earth. The palate is rich and generous, with perfumed fruit framed by fine-grained tannins and loads of freshness, finishing long.

September 30, 2017

90 Points

Wine Spectator

Creamy, toasty oak adds a pleasant overlay and hints at what's to come, as the complexity of the flavors centers on currant, red and dark berry and licorice. Ends on the oaky side. Drink now through 2029.

December 30, 2016

95 Points
Drink 2016 - 2036

Robert Parker Online

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Benchland Select is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from some of the finest western benchlands in Napa Valley. This saw about 23 months in 64% new French oak. A rather glorious nose of red and black fruits, spice box, earth and graphite jump from the glass of this full-bodied, beautifully supple and voluptuously textured wine. A dense purple color, juicy, round, plush tannins and a multi-layered mouthfeel make for a great Napa Cabernet Sauvignon to drink now or cellar for another 15-20 years.

Cakebread Cellars has been on quite a qualitative roll of late and continues to demonstrate a Midas touch with all of its wines. Their first vintage was 1973, so they are coming up on the 43rd/44th harvest.

December 31, 2015

94+ Points
Drink: 2016 - 2046

Robert Parker Online

The 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.

June 29, 2015

94 Points

Robert Parker Online

Cakebread Cellars have been on a roll, and looking back at the 2005s makes me realize just how impressive their wines have been. The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Benchland Select is a stunner. From the gravelly, loamy soils of the western benchlands in Napa Valley, it was aged 21 months in French oak, but the oak is not overdone, and the result is a wine with gorgeous blueberry, blackberry and cassis fruit, licorice and white chocolate notes, supple tannins, a medium to full-bodied opulence, and an undeniably seductive feeling at its plateau of maturity, where it should hold for another decade. This is a great effort from the Cakebread family to drink over the next decade.

October 01, 2014

95 points

Robert Parker Online

One of the flagship wines of Napa Valley is Cakebread’s 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Benchland Select. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville (27%) and Rutherford (73%), and aged 21 months in 52% new French oak, it exhibits a dense ruby/purple color, lots of minerality, a hint of oak in the background, and abundant crème de cassis fruit. The wine is full-bodied with beautiful integration of acidity, tannin and wood. It is still youthful, but the opulent characteristic of the 2012s is well-displayed. This brilliant wine can be drunk early in life, or cellared for another 10-15+ years.

November 01, 2013

95+ points

Robert Parker Online

The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Benchland Select offers abundant blueberry and black currant fruit intermixed with notions of spring flowers. Deep, rich and full-bodied, it comes across like a great classic Napa Cabernet. Nothing is out of place and the wine has a certain accessibility, but it will not hit its prime for another 5-7 years, and should last for two to three decades, possibly longer.

October 31, 2013

95 points

Robert Parker Online

The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Benchland Select offers abundant blueberry and black currant fruit intermixed with notions of spring flowers. Deep, rich and full-bodied, it comes across like a great classic Napa Cabernet. Nothing is out of place and the wine has a certain accessibility, but it will not hit its prime for another 5-7 years, and should last for two to three decades, possibly longer.

November 15, 2005

92 points

Wine Enthusiast Magazine

The big 01's are still rolling out. This one's very fine and Oakville-y, showing well-oaked, lush black currant and cassis fruit, with aq cocoa finish. It has soft, intricately sweet tannins. It's quite delicious now, but seems balanced enough to age through the medium term. Drink before 2010.

December 31, 2008

92 points

Wine Advocate

The star here is the beautiful 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Benchland Select. Its dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by aromas of gravelly earth intermixed with notions of lead pencil shavings, blue as well as blackberries, and spice. Medium-bodied with solid yet ripe tannins, good structure, a Bordeaux-like weight, and a clean, pure finish, it displays admirable purity and texture. It will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age, and should drink well for two decades.

December 05, 2011

93 points

Robert Parker Online

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.

December 06, 2010

96 points

Robert Parker Online

The stunning 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Benchland Select is a cross-village blend of Oakville and Rutherford fruit. Aromas of graphite, burning embers, crushed rocks/flint, plums, licorice and blackberries are vaguely reminiscent of a top vintage of La Mission-Haut-Brion. Full-bodied, deep, chewy flavors, admirable purity and stunning concentration result in a profound Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 20+ years. Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon of this quality rarely exists at this price point.

February 01, 2018

94 Points

International Wine Report

The 2014 'Benchland Select' Cabernet Sauvignon was aged 21 months in French oak, 64% new. It opens to a lovely mix of ripe red and black fruits, which come together with loam, spices, spring florals and graphite nuances. Full-bodied and well-structured with wonderful opulent texture and outstanding overall poise and balance. Finish is long and beautifully layered with ripe dark fruits lingering on. Overall this is an outstanding Cabernet and a total success from winemaker Julianne Laks.

 
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