For Karen Cakebread, former daughter-in-law of Cakebread Cellars founder Jack Cakebread, creating her own label was a way to honor another branch of her family and pursue her entrepreneurial dreams. Ziata is an abbreviation of Annunziata, her great-grandmother’s name and her mother’s middle name, yet the wines reflect Karen’s tastes. She, together with winemaker Anne Vawter, produces her two favorite varietals: Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. The Ziata 2008 Pinot Noir Carneros is the inaugural vintage of this supple red. The palate shows perfectly balanced acids and tannins beneath layers of raspberry, nutmeg, clove, and crème brûlée.