TASTING NOTES & FOOD PAIRINGS
Bright, high-toned aromas of black cherry, blueberry and plum, complemented by warm oak tones, introduce lush, focused flavors of blackberry and black cherry supported by supple, fine-grained tannins. The wine's long, smooth finish emphasizes fresh Bing cherry, dark berry and plum fruit, with hints of mineral and sweet spices. Delicious now, the 2015 Guajolote will reward another 3-5 years' aging.
Suscol Springs Ranch is located in southeastern Napa Valley on a 450-foot rocky ridgeline overlooking the famed Carneros district to the west. It's a cool, windy site, with a desirable southwestern exposure, planted to a mix of Bordeaux and Rhône Valley varieties. The vineyard's most impressive feature - aside from its spectacular views of San Francisco on clear days - is its rocky, well-drained soils, which yield grapes with intense varietal flavors balanced by bright acidity, a recipe for rich, vibrant wines.
After abundant harvests from 2012 through 2014, the 2015 growing season experienced more weather extremities that led to a small, yet outstanding, vintage. 2015 was our earliest harvest ever in the 40+ year of Cakebread Cellars history. A warm, dry winter fostered early bud-break, though a cold spell during fruit set limited cluster sizes. A warm summer and late-season heat spikes ensured beautiful ripening.
Blending acumen is perhaps the important measure of a vintner's skill, and our longtime winemaker, Julianne Laks, is a master of the art. Julianne is especially adept at taking small lots of disparate varieties and blending them seamlessly into wines that are far greater than the sum of their parts. Each component lot of Guajolote was hand-harvested at night to preserve the fruit's freshness, then fermented in small stainless steel tanks, using manual punchdowns to gently macerate the juice and skins and extract optimal color and flavor. The 2015 Guajolote aged 11 months in French oak barrels, 50% new, prior to bottling on March 17, 2017.
- Grape Variety
- 42% Merlot, 28% Syrah, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% each Grenache and Cabernet Franc
- Alcohol Content
- Suscol Springs, Napa Valley
- Total Acidity
- 0.67 grams/100 ml
- Harvest Dates
- August 24th - September 24th, 2015
- Barrel Aging
- 11 months in French oak barrels, 50% new
- Julianne Laks