Cakebread Chardonnay - WineO Mark Review

cakebread chardonnay

The Cakebread Chardonnay is one of the most sought-after Chardonnays in the market today. If you’re looking for a white wine that has a bold and rich flavor with balanced acidity, this wine is for you.

This wine has received multiple high ratings from critics. It received a 91-point rating by James Suckling and a 90-point rating by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. If you love Chardonnay or just good wines, the Cakebread Chardonnay is a must-try.

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Who Makes Cakebread Chardonnay?

cakebread chardonnay

Jack and Dolores Cakebread founded the Cakebread Cellars in 1972. Their first wine, a Chardonnay, was released in 1973 and has been continued ever since. In 2017, Stephanie Jacobs became the head winemaker for Cakebread Cellars.

In 2020, Cakebread Cellars won the Robb Report’s Best of the Best Wine Tasting Experience. Additionally, the brand received a 2018 California Green Medal Award for its commitment to sustainability in winemaking.

Cakebread Chardonnay Review

cakebread chardonnay

The Cakebread Chardonnay is on the higher end of Chardonnays with a price of ~$40, but it’s celebrated as one of the best Chardonnays from Napa Valley.


The Cakebread Chardonnay has your typical wine bottle with a simple design. It almost has this almost pickle-like green bottle. In the glass, the wine is gold in color.


On the nose, this wine has apple, pear, and white peach. I can also smell some notes of oak and even fresh-cut grass.


The taste confirms the smell. I immediately get the apple, pear, vanilla, and grass. There are also some mineral notes and a slight lemon twist to it.


The Cakebread Chardonnay has a rich and creamy texture with a long finish. But it also has appealing mineral notes, moderate sweetness from the ripe fruits, and crispness at the end. It’s just a fantastic Chardonnay with many different levels to it and a great balance.

WineO Mark Rating

Cakebread Chardonnay

Highly Recommend
95 Points
  • Quality Price Ratio: B
  • Taste: A+

Where to Buy?

Cakebread Cellars’ wines are available all over the world. You can check it out on, Vivino, Total Wine, Safeway,, and other wine retailers. The price is around ~$40. However, the price greatly varies depending on where you buy.


What is Comparable to Cakebread Chardonnay?

Since Cakebread Chardonnay is one of the premium Chardonnays from Napa, I would only recommend ones that are also considered one of the better Napa Valley Chardonnays. Rombauer, Alpha Omega, Far Niente, just to name a few.  

Is Cakebread Chardonnay Buttery?

Yes but not too buttery. The Cakebread Chardonnay has a smooth and creamy texture with a balanced acidity to it.

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