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.
"The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is a fascinating wine. Some of the rougher, wilder edges that are present in the 2008 are smoothed out here. Layers of expressive dark fruit, licorice, mint and new leather wrap around the palate in this deep, powerful Cabernet Sauvignon. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024."
The Wine Advocate
"Balances power with finesse, offering intense blackberry, dusty rock, cedar, black licorice and dried herb flavors. Gains depth and nuance, with tannins providing traction and definition. Best from 2013 through 2024."
"Deep ruby. Musky aromas of black fruits, espresso and cocoa; shows a strong torrefaction quality. Lush, silky and refined; more filled in and showy today than the basic cabernet release, which is also from estate fruit in 2009. Richer and lower-toned than the regular cabernet, with complicating notes of chocolate, mocha, earth and game. Finishes fat and long, with harmonious melting tannins."
International Wine Cellar