2009 Cakebread Cellars Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, CA, $29 – Rating 90
A year ago I had the chance to chat with Dolores Cakebread (wife of founder Jack Cakebread). She asked if I’d had her Sauvignon Blanc because it was “one of the best.” I finally had some a year later and Dolores was right. Cakebread Cellars offers a lovely example of Napa Sauvignon Blanc with crisp yet rich flavors of soft red apple, citrus, honeydew melon, fig and vanilla. Aging in neutral oak barrels and blending with 4% Sauvignon Musque and 5% Semillon adds just enough richness and texture.