Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley Merlot 2011

$59

Consistently one of Napa Valley's classiest merlots, the Cakebread Merlot is an especially rich example of the variety. Delicious now, this lavishly flavored, complex Merlot will benefit from another 3-5 years' cellaring. The Cakebread Cellars Merlot Napa Valley, blended with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon, is an especially rich example of the variety. It displays ripe blackberry and black plum aromas with secondary scents of vanilla and dark coffee characteristics. Lush and full-bodied, showcasing luscious blackberry, plum and boysenberry flavors that segue into a long finish featuring spiciness, elegant, refined tannins, and crisp underlying acidity. The grapes for the Merlot come from two classic Napa Valley regions: the cool-climate Carneros district in the southern valley, which delivers bright fruit with crisp acidity, and the mid-valley region, whose warmer temperatures produce riper, richer fruit with juicy berry and plum flavor

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Ratings on Delectable

J B

Had the 2011 with pizza tonight. Loved the strong notes of plum/prune. The longer it airs, the better it gets.

Had the 2011 with pizza tonight. Loved the strong notes of plum/prune. The longer it airs, the better it gets.

9.5

Jon Hoke

Great with burgers on Memorial Weekend

Great with burgers on Memorial Weekend

9.0

Joe Gonzalez

Wow! Just wow!

Wow! Just wow!

9.2

Andrew Goldstein

Fruit, pomegranate, black cherry, plum.

Fruit, pomegranate, black cherry, plum.

9.5

Jennifer Chambers

Merlot...lovely and warm. All of the things that I love about merlot. Garlic would be a great pair with this one.

Merlot...lovely and warm. All of the things that I love about merlot. Garlic would be a great pair with this one.

9.5

Narelle Burke

Lovely red with Japanese fusion tapas

Lovely red with Japanese fusion tapas

9.3

Yvonne

Very fruit forward. Nice tannic finish.

Very fruit forward. Nice tannic finish.

8.5

Paul Jakubowski

Cakebread Winery Dinner at Dilworthtown Inn for our 4yr Wedding Anniversary! A great time with some nice wine! Brooke's favorites!

Cakebread Winery Dinner at Dilworthtown Inn for our 4yr Wedding Anniversary! A great time with some nice wine! Brooke's favorites!

8.8

David Ruff

Not as good as the Cab but still very nice.

Not as good as the Cab but still very nice.

8.7

Chang Vong

Well balanced fruit forward fragrance of black cheeries and plum. Finished smooth no tart.

Well balanced fruit forward fragrance of black cheeries and plum. Finished smooth no tart.

9.2

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