2012 Guajolote Red Blend, Suscol Springs, Napa Valley


Cakebread Guajolote Red Blend, Suscol Springs, Napa Valley

About This Wine

Our 2012 Guajolote is redolent of sweet black cherry, black plum and blackberry with notes of earth, dark chocolate and oak vanillin. On the palate, this California red boasts lush dark cherry, pomegranate and cassis flavors, which culminate in a long, savory finish showcasing fine tannins, rich berry fruit and refreshing mineral tones. Delightful to drink now, our 2012 Guajolote will continue developing in bottle for another 2-3 years.

“Guajolote” is Spanish for “wild turkey” – not the whiskey, but the rambunctious fowl that frequent our Suscol Springs estate vineyard in southern Napa Valley. This is our first vintage of Guajolote, a blend of 40% merlot, 30% syrah, 28% cabernet sauvignon and 1% each of cabernet franc and grenache. It’s a rich, robust Napa red blend whose composition will likely change year to year, with the goal of using the five red varieties planted at Suscol Springs to showcase the vineyard’s unique attributes rather than any one variety.
– Julianne Laks