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Date Printed: 8/20/2014
CADE Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
CADE Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 121118)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/20/2014: $79.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 Decanter rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The CADE Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is sourced from five small growers on Howell Mountain: CADE Estate Vineyards, Ink Grade Vineyards, Outpost Vineyards, True and Eagle Summit Vineyards. The 2009 harvest on Howell Mountain began on October 11th and lasted through October 30st. The 2009 vintage was a challenging one on Howell Mountain but the decision to thin heavily in our estate vineyards as well as our grower's vineyards paid huge dividends in October when the small crop achieved physiological/phenolic ripeness.

The cooler 2009 vintage gave us a higher acidity on Howell Mountain and that in turn gives the wine a wonderful freshness. On the palette, flavors of chocolate, mint, currant, and vanilla bean are revealed. The tannins are firm but not obtrusive and the wine can easily age for the next 6-9 years.

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About CADE Winery:

In 2005, Gavin Newsom, Gordon Getty and John Conover established CADE Estate Winery to craft luxury, high-altitude estate Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain as a complement to the valley floor wines of Plumpjack Winery. Like Plumpjack, CADE takes its name from Shakespeare, who used the term to refer to the wine casks - or cades - shipped from Bordeaux to England during Elizabethan times. At an elevation of 1800 feet, their estate - 54 contiguous acres surrounding the winery - experiences a unique temperature inversion. During the day, conditions are much cooler than those on the valley floor; evenings grow warmer with the setting sun. CADE's mountainside soils, characterized by volcanic ash and minerals, provide beneficial stress to vines that further concentrates the character of this unique terroir.