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by Fred McMillin
A Cakebread Calamity?
It was a beautiful, warm summer in the Napa Valley. Bruce Cakewood could see another medal-winning year for his 25 acres of Sauvignon Blanc. They were the first vines planted by his dad when Cakebread Cellars was founded in 1973. Then DISASTER! In mid-August, huge black clouds filled the summer sky and a heavy rain fell. Bruce had visions of BUNCH-ROT ruining his precious Blanc.
The Rest of the Story
Now you can't go out and towel off acres and acres of growing grapes...but how about air-drying with a helicopter? Yep, it worked and my panel just tasted the resulting 1997 vintage. Their comments:
Rich, oaky, Chardonnay style
Lovely, silky in the mouth
To summarize their opinions...
It was the first Sauvignon Blanc to be rated EXCELLENT in over a year.
Wine of the Day
1997 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley
Founder Jack Cakebread is familiar with excellence. Earlier he was a professional photographer...and who was his mentor?.. none other than one of America's greatest...ANSEL ADAMS.
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