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.
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Aromas of lychee, honeydew melons, spearmint and freshly mown hay are followed on the palate with flavors of melon, figs, Fiji apple and spring peas. A little more acid than the 2009 results in a mouthwatering finish that brings you back for a second glass!!!
Blend: 94% Sauvignon Blanc, 5%... more
Dense flavors of black cherry, baker's chocolate, black olive and dried herbs are followed by structured tannins and acidity that will allow the wine to age gracefully for the next 5-10 years. more
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... more
The 2009 vintage provided the CADE Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with a dramatic aromatic profile, supported by beautifully integrated tannins that will allow for gentle aging. Aromas of black cherry and creme de cassis are followed on the palate with flavors of bing cherry, pipe tobacco, baker's... more
The 2009 CADE Estate achieved excellent ripeness. Aromas of graphite, black cherry, chocolate and soy are followed by flavors on the palate of black cherry, cardamom, dark chocolate, and espresso. The wonderful freshness on the finish is the result of an elevated acidity which compliments the deep,... more
The 2009 CADE Sauvignon Blanc is alive with vibrant, fresh acidity and perfectly balanced rich fruit characteristics.
Wonderful aromas of spearmint, guava, kiwi, gooseberry and snow peas are followed on the palate with flavors of
concentrated lemon/lime mix, fig and guava. The lees contact gives... more
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,... more
We feel the 2008 CADE Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is a powerful wine and a true representation of Howell Mountain terroir. Aromas of black fruit, cassis, black olive and smoke rise from the glass, with secondary savory aromas, vanilla, black cherry and cola nut developing with aeration. On... more
We feel that the 2008 CADE Estate Cabernet Sauvignon eclipses our blockbuster 2007, the reasons being that the
weather in October 2008 was fantastic with not a drop of rain falling during ripening season and harvest.
Aromas of black cherry, minerals, warm chocolate, and black currants are... more
Inviting aromas of black currant, black olive, blackberries, and acacia. On the palate, flavors of dark chocolate, soy,
black currant, and star anise are followed by wonderful mouth coating tannins that are very plush and long. more