It’s a doubly special vintage this year for Cakebread Cellars. One of the earliest harvests in recent times is made all the more remarkable because it’s winemaker, Julianne Laks’ 30th harvest.
She started out as an Assistant Winemaker and took over full duties in 2002. Bruce Cakebread said, “we pride ourselves of producing consistent high quality and style wines over the 44 plus years we have been making wine. Julianne is a key factor in this philosophy of consistency and style.”
This announcement follows the Napa Valley Grapegrowers and Napa Valley Vinters announcing the first grapes had already been harvested by 29th July. Bruce Cakebread envisages the first Sauvignon Blanc will be picked before the 15th August.
Speaking to the drinks business, Garrett Buckland President of the Napa Valley Grapegrowers said, “The ripening has gone well and it’s been a wonderful season with beautiful weather”.
Generally expectations are high for a vintage of great quality but moderate crop. A warm summer with plenty of classic Napa morning fog has ensured an even ripening period. Bruce added, “at this time expectations are high for another great vintage.”