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Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2018 Cakebread Napa Valley Chardonnay

By Norm Bentley - | Dec 7, 2020


The North Georgia Wine Advisor



This is the Chardonnay Queen’s favorite wine, of those reviewed by Norm in 2020.

Of course, its a Chardonnay!

2018 Cakebread Napa Valley Chardonnay


In my life there have been many great cooks, including my mother who became famous at the Church Suppers for her version of Chicken Divan, which she advertised as “Chicken Divine”. For our Wedding Anniversary, another great cook, The Chardonnay Queen, adapted this recipe for shrimp, and it became “Shrimp Divine”. For a divine dinner, we had to have a divine Chardonnay, so we chose a bottle of 2018 Cakebread Chardonnay, and the result was Heavenly!

This is a classic, old style California Chardonnay which does just about everything right, from the nose, to the balance between the fruit and acidity, and finishing with a crisp finish, which highlights the oak, without over-powering you with it. The nose broadcasts its array of aromas throughout the room with the scent of a bushel of ripe apples. The flavor is Granny Smith, with a sidecar of Bartlett Pear. The finish has a bit of citrus breeze and a touch of toasty vanilla. The alcohol content is 13.7%, and Norm’s score is 92.

A bottle of Cakebread Napa Chardonnay, and a dish involving shrimp, which is called “Divine”, can have no other effect than to create memories, as well as recall dreamy ones from the past!

Score: 92

Price: $37 – $43