Cakebread Merlot 2013

Save $17.43 (21%)

SKU 07621


Fragrant ripe black cherry, red plum and blackberry aromas, complemented by whiffs of black tea, oak and chocolate, introduce this bold, beautifully structured merlot. Rich and plump on the palate with lush cherry, plum and red currant flavors framed by firm, yet fine-grained tannins, it culminates in a long finish accented by zesty tea-leaf spice tones. Delicious now, this youthful merlot will benefit from another 5-7 years' aging. Food Pairing: An excellent companion to pork, pheasant and veal.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Brand Cakebread
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
  • we90

Wine EnthusiastBlack olive stars in this supple, soft and supremely varietal wine, wrapped in strong, chalky tannin. Full bodied and completely generous in ripe fruit, it shows complexity and lengthiness on the finish.

Virginie Boone, February 1, 2017
  • ws88

Wine SpectatorWell-structured and appealingly complex, with subtle notes of red currant, dusty herb and cedar. Drink now through 2026. 3,000 cases made.

Tim Fish, 2016
  • wa88

Wine AdvocateCakebread Cellars has turned in an attractive 2013 Merlot (95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon) that shows nice bluish/plum color to the rim, sweet blue and black fruits, good acidity, a fresh, medium-bodied mouthfeel, excellent concentration and an endearing and charming finish. The wine is slightly compact, which keeps it from getting higher ratings, but it's well-made.

Robert Parker, December 2015