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.