Cakebread Cellars Facts
Rutherford, California, USA
Calistoga AVA, Carneros AVA, Howell Mountain AVA, Napa Valley AVA, Rutherford AVA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel
Julianne Laks, John Cakebread, Bruce Cakebread
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Today, the Cakebread family owns a whopping 982 acres distributed between thirteen sites throughout the Napa Valley and the North Coast. Of those 982, 480 are planted; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Franc are the reds harvested, while Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc make up the whites. Among the highlights of Cakebread's portfolio are their distinctive Chardonnays. Their signature house style of both bright acid and sharply delineated fruit flavors makes them immensely food-friendly and has earned them a place on blue chip wine lists around the globe.
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Julianne Laks is head winemaker at Cakebread Cellars. She began 20 years ago as an enologist and worked her way up the ranks to assistant winemaker, becoming head winemaker in 2002. Former winemaker Bruce Cakebread took over for his father as president of the winery that same year.