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Big Fat Moe Jan 15, 2007 04:50 PM

Anyone tried Cakebread Cabernet Savignon 2001 Benchland Select?
Good, Great? OK? Disappointing?

  1. hotoynoodle Jan 15, 2007 06:13 PM

    cakebread cabernet and jordan cabernet are the two bottles ordered most frequently in american restaurants. i think they're both over-priced, over-produced and undistinguished. altamura and chalk hill are priced similarly and far better wines.

    1. oolah Jan 15, 2007 06:34 PM

      Cakebread is pretty good, but I find it to be a little bit overpriced. If you like Oakville cabs, try Duckhorn, Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel, and my personal favorite, Ramey. The Ramey Claret in particular is a great value Bordeaux blend.

      Hotoynoodle, I find it difficult to believe that a $100 retail cab is "the most frequently ordered" bottle of wine in any restaurant.

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      1. re: oolah
        hotoynoodle Jan 15, 2007 06:58 PM

        from winebusiness.com:
        "In March, Wine & Spirits magazine also released the findings from their own survey of restaurant wine sales. That survey tracks the popularity and prices of wines by brand, variety and country of origin at the Zagat Guide's leading restaurants. (see Wine Business Insider, March 20, 2006)

        The top brands in the Wine & Spirits survey naturally skewed toward the high-end and luxury categories. Cakebread Cellars topped the list, followed by Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards, Kendall-Jackson Vineyards, Silver Oak Wine Cellars and Jordan Vineyard & Winery. "

        forgive me for not qualifying. i didn't think he was looking to compare the cakebread to yellowtail.

        agree on the ramey, and rudd is really good too. pine ridge makes a decent oakville, so does plumpjack.

        1. re: hotoynoodle
          oolah Jan 15, 2007 07:21 PM

          Wow -- I stand corrected. I didn't realize most americans were dropping so much cash on wine, even in fancy restaurants.

          Never had Pine Ridge, but Plumpjack is also a good one!

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