Cakebread Chardonnay 18
The 2018 Chardonnay comes 95% from Carneros and 5% from Napa Valley. Barrel fermented in 33% new oak, it spent eight months on the lees, and 18% went through malolactic. It was bottled on June 1, 2019. Slowly, it reveals very pretty poached pears, apple pie, and apricot scents with touches of beeswax, toasted almond, and lanolin. Medium-bodied, the palate has great poise and finesse, delivering a racy backbone and loads of tight-knit stone fruit flavors, finishing long and toasty.
90 Points - Robert Parker