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Date Printed: 9/20/2014
CADE Napa Cuvee 2008
CADE Napa Cuvee 2008
(search item no. 112051)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $62.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The second of three (2007-2009) consecutive wonderful vintages the 2008 Cade Cuvee is a worthy successor to the 2007. The inclusion of 7% Malbec gives the wine a juiciness and fruit forwardness. Aromas of black cherry, plums and milk chocolate are followed on the palate with flavors of cocoa, blackberries and warm cherry pie filling. Much more approachable upon release than the 2007, there is a sense of balance that will allow the wine to age gracefully for the next 3-5 years.

Blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 7% Malbec, 5 % Cabernet Franc, 2% Merlot

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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.