Our 2012 Napa Valley Chardonnay offers delightfully fragrant, slightly yeasty aromas of ripe pear, apple and guava fruit complemented by hints of honeysuckle, mineral and toasted oak. It likewise hits the mark on the palate, delivering sensationally concentrated pear, spiced apple and melon flavors that culminate in a long finish lifted by zesty spice and mineral tones. Bold and beautifully balanced, with great depth and breadth of flavor, our 2012 Chardonnay is a delicious expression of a picture-perfect vintage. It will continue to please over the next 3-5 years.
The 2012 vintage was one of the finest in recent memory. Consistently mild summer weather free of rain and significant heat spikes produced a healthy crop of intensely flavorful fruit. These ideal conditions allowed us to harvest our Napa Valley Chardonnay grapes at precisely the right moment, capturing a perfect balance of ripe, concentrated fruit flavors and lively acidity. As a result, our 2012 Napa Valley Chardonnay ranks among Cakebread Cellars’ best.