Cakebread Cellars | 2013 Guajolote | Red Blend
We just love this 2013 Guajolote from Cakebread Cellars! The wine is named after the wild turkeys that roam Cakebread’s Suscol Springs vineyard in Napa Valley.
We first tried this wine at Cakebread Cellars during our visit to Napa earlier in February. (Side note: February is a great time to go! You’ll get mid-70s weather and completely avoid the crowd. Most group tours we went on turned out to be just the two of us!)
Appearance: Dark ruby color, medium body.
Nose: This wines gives off powerful hints of orange zest, cherries, and savory undertones.
Taste: This muscular wine starts off strong with notes of red cherries, a slight bitterness on the back of the mouth, and a minty after-taste. It opens up to reveal earthy notes and gives a creamy texture on the finish.
Composition: 40% Merlot, 30% Syrah, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, topped with Grenache and Cab Franc
Origin: Napa Valley, California, USA
Food Pairing: Grilled Portabella caps, steaks, or stir-fried long beans.
Notes: We used the Menu Wine Breather to decant this wine ahead of time which we highly recommend.
Cakebread Cellars was founded in 1973 by Jack and Dolores Cakebread. In 2004, Toby Halkovich, the Viticulturist, purchased Suscol Spring Ranch in southeast Napa. Not too long after, the Suscol Springs Vineyard delivered its first commercial crop in 2009!
The estate produces each of the five varieties of grapes found in the wine. Vines are planted on a steep, rocky hillside, which provides varied sun exposure. The vineyard is at an elevation of 450 feet, and has the ideal soil to plant a mix of Bordeaux and Rhone Valley varietals.