Cakebread Cellars Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

14.90% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2017
  • WS 93
  • WA 94
  • JD 97
  • JS 92
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Cakebread Cellars Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, skillfully crafted under the guidance of winemaker Niki Williams, is a true testament to the excellence of Napa Valley’s winemaking.

In the glass, this wine presents a deep, inky purple hue, foreshadowing the richness and complexity within. The nose is a symphony of aromas, with dark blackberry, boysenberry, and hints of mocha taking center stage.

Upon the first sip, the palate is enveloped by concentrated flavors of ripe blackberry and fig, dancing elegantly with firm tannins. The experience culminates in a luxurious blend of blackberry and dark chocolate notes, leaving a lasting impression.

These exceptional grapes hail from the benchlands of Oakville and Rutherford, with Hill Ranch, home to Jack and Dolores Cakebread, being a cornerstone. These benchlands offer distinctive soil profiles, strong root development, and the advantage of mountain shade, allowing for slow and steady ripening.

In the cellar, the winemaking team led by Stephanie Jacobs spared no effort to create this masterpiece. Fermentation in small stainless steel tanks ensured optimum color, flavor, and tannin extraction. The wine then spent 22 months aging in French oak barrels, 60% of which were new, before being bottled in August 2019.

Critical acclaim showers this vintage, with Jeb Dunnuck awarding it 95 points, praising its richness and elegance. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate bestows 94 points, noting its complexity and firm texture. Wine Spectator gives it 93 points, lauding its layered fruitiness, and James Suckling, with 92 points, anticipates it will shine even brighter with time.

Cakebread Cellars Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 is a true Napa Valley gem, showcasing the region’s finest attributes. Enjoy it now or let it age gracefully for 7 to 10 years, savoring its evolving complexity with each passing vintage.

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Weight 3.5 lbs

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Critical Acclaim

WS 93
Wine Spectator
A lovely wine, with dark cherry, plum, fig and boysenberry fruit melded together, picking up light mulling spice, sassafras and singed juniper notes along the way, before ending with a late flurry of fruit and dark earth hints. Drink now through 2034.
WA 94
Wine Advocate
Bottled only three weeks ago, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Benchland Select is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 44% of the fruit coming from Vine Hill Ranch, 52% from Hill Ranch and 4% from Cakebread Oakville Ranch. It was aged 22 months in 60% new French oak. Very deep purple-black colored, it slowly emerges from the glass to reveal notions of baked black cherries, stewed black plums and warm cassis with touches of aged meat, dark chocolate, bay leaves and pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied, the palate packs in the black fruits, supported by bags of freshness and a firm, grainy texture, finishing long and with tons of energy.
JD 97
Jeb Dunnuck
Our 2017 Benchland Select is a classic Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon expression of dark fruit, roundness, texture and a lingering finish. Aromas of dark blackberry, boysenberry and mocha lead onto the palate, where concentrated flavors of ripe blackberry and fig dance with firm tannins for a rich blackberry and dark chocolate finish. Pair with hearty stews, steaks on the grill, or fire-roasted vegetables. Enjoy now, or age for another 7 to 10 years.
JS 92
James Suckling
Lots of black plum, mahogany, walnut and myrrh on the nose. Dark cocoa, too. It’s full-bodied with firm, integrated tannins. Rich layers of ripe black fruit and toasty spice. Better from 2021.

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Over 30 years ago, Jack Cakebread came to photograph the Napa Valley for a book and while there, he casually mentioned his interest in one day owning a vineyard to some family friends who had a ranch in Rutherford. When he returned home that afternoon, the phone rang and it was the family friends offering to sell their property. He headed back up to the valley that same afternoon to make his best offer, and Cakebread Cellars was born. As the Cakebread family reflects upon the many profound changes in the wine industry over the last 33 years, such as innovative farming techniques and new methods of reaching out to consumers, they note that their key values have remained the same. Dedication to making the highest quality wines and a commitment to family has followed a continuum as their... Read More
Cabernet Sauvignon is a red grape varietal that is widely regarded as one of the world's most popular and highly valued wine grapes. This grape is grown in many regions around the world, including France, the United States, Australia, Chile, and Argentina. The wine made from this grape is known for its intense flavor, high tannin content, and longevity. Cabernet Sauvignon is a hybrid grape, the result of a cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, which are both native to the Bordeaux region of France. The grape is known for its thick skin, which helps it to withstand harsh weather conditions, and its small berries, which contribute to its concentrated flavor. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are typically harvested in the late fall, when the grapes have reached their optimal... Read More

Winemaker of Cakebread Cellars Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Niki Williams

With over a decade of winemaking experience in some of Napa Valley's most renowned wine estates, Niki Williams has become a true connoisseur of her craft. Having honed her skills at esteemed places like Mount Veeder Winery, The Prisoner Wine Company, Franciscan Estate, Merryvale Family of Wines, and Chateau St. Jean, Williams has developed a profound understanding of both red and white varieties. Her commitment to pushing the boundaries of winemaking has led her to explore the latest technologies and techniques in both cellar and vineyard management. This dedication ensures that the fruit and wines she produces attain the highest quality possible. Williams' winemaking philosophy revolves around crafting balanced, elegant blends that are not only approachable when young but also... Read More
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