A big, ripe nose of fresh boysenberry, blackberry and dark cherry fruit, complemented by seductive roasted earth and dark chocolate scents, introduces lush, deeply concentrated flavors of boysenberry, blackberry, dark cherry and cassis framed by firm, but supple tannins. A dramatically long, savory finish on the 2015 Benchland Select showcases rich, dark fruit with notes of chocolate, spice and toasted oak. Thoroughly delicious now, this complex, opulent, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon will handsomely reward another 7-10 years’ aging.
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October 31, 2017 – The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Benchland Select displays a deep garnet-purple color with a very pretty nose of lilacs and roses over a core of cassis, blueberries and black cherries with hints of baking spices and dusty earth. The palate is rich and generous, with perfumed fruit framed by fine-grained tannins and loads of freshness, finishing long.
ROBERT PARKER ONLINE – 2015 VINTAGE
February 01, 2018 – The Cakebread Cellars ‘Benchland Select’ Cabernet Sauvignon is a total knockout in this vintage. It opens with seductive aromatics of ripe blackberries and dark currants, with loam, espresso, spices, spring florals and graphite adding wonderful complexity. On this palate this possesses a gorgeous full body with a lovely round, voluptuous texture and remarkable overall depth and concentration. It continues to demonstrate outstanding balance and a beautiful seamless quality through the long, supple finish. A total beauty, with characteristics that remind me of a young Pauilliac. This should thrive in the cellar for years to come.