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"There are only 100 cases of this beautiful 2010 Cabernet Franc, which was made by Karen Cakebread. It boasts a dense ruby/purple color along with plenty of high-toned blue and red fruits, a sweet, creamy texture and lots of finesse and elegance. This serious Cabernet Franc can be drunk now and over the next 5 years." ~ RP
" Perched high atop the Vaca mountain range in the eastern hills of Oakville, this organically and biodynamically farmed vineyard is planted in the red, iron-rich, volcanic soil for which the eastern hillsides of Oakville are famed for. Grapes grown in this environment display intense yet balanced flavor and richness, which are perfectly suited to our style of Cabernet Franc. Aged for 22 months in 60% French oak barrels.
Twenty-two years of representing the Napa Valley and its wines around the world gave Ziata Wines owner/founder Karen Cakebread the desire and know-how to develop her own wine brand, which she named in honor of her mother and officially launched in March 2008. Karen knew she wanted to create wines of substance, and that the vineyard is the foundation for every great wine. She works with growers who share her philosophy and passion for sustainable, organically farmed vineyards to produce elegant, complex wines along with winemaker Anne Vawter.
Karen is a well-known representative of and cheerleader for the Napa Valley. Her wine experience started with Cakebread Cellars, for which she worked for 18 years. While living in Hong Kong, she assisted with the winery’s marketing efforts in Hong Kong and in Singapore. After moving to the Napa Valley in 1989, she oversaw the winery’s educational, corporate hospitality and international marketing efforts. She also managed the winery’s American Harvest Workshop, an annual event that brings together noted chefs, artisan food purveyors and media to help build awareness and improve the availability and marketability of American wine and food products.
And as much as she enjoys exploring the world, Karen’s roots are now firmly planted in Calistoga, where she lives among her newly established Sauvignon Blanc vines (watch for an estate Sauvignon Blanc in a few years) with Pearl and Moet, her lovable Labradors. "~ Winery notes