Cade Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
In 2005, John Conover, Gavin Newsom and Gordon Getty founded Cade Estate Winery on Howell Mountain as a complement to the valley floor terroir of PlumpJack Winery. Like PlumpJack, Cade takes its name from Shakespeare, who used the term to refer to the wine casks—or cades—used to transport wine from Bordeaux to England in Elizabethan times. Cade Estate Winery crafts estate Cabernet Sauvignon in a nuanced, powerful, and approachable style that the owners call 'Modern Howell Mountain' style.
Cade vineyard estate sits high above the fog line on Howell Mountain at an elevation of 1800 feet. Of 54 contiguous acres surrounding the winery, 21 are currently planted to Cabernet Sauvignon (19) and Merlot (2). The entire property is organically farmed. Cade Estate Winery was the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certified estate winery in Napa Valley. Architect Juan Carlos Fernandez worked closely with then Winemaker Anthony Biagi to design a building that honors its surroundings aesthetically, ecologically, and with the production of superior wines.
A potpourri of aromas explode from the glass with notes of raspberry coulis, black cherry, cedar, cocoa nib, boysenberry, mint, graham cracker, and a hint of lavender, rose and bay. The palate follows with bright flavors of red cherry and strawberry jam before tertiary elements of coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, and fresh plums take over. This wine is full-bodied displaying archetypal Howell Mountain tannin balanced by an elegant structure.
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain|
Wine AdvocateThe 2016 Cade Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 7% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot. It has a deep purple-black color and wonderfully pure, vibrant notes of crushed blackcurrants, black cherries and baker's chocolate with touches of Indian spices, licorice and cloves plus an earthy waft of damp soil. Full-bodied, rich and powerful in the mouth with a rock-solid frame of ripe, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, it finishes with layer after layer of black fruit and exotic spices.
Wine SpectatorA densely packed, warm and lush expression of cassis, plum and blackberry reduction flavors that move slowly but steadily, supported by loam, ganache and graphite notes, ending with a subtle violet echo at the very end. Best from 2021 through 2034. 9,850 cases made.