The CADE Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from six vineyards on Howell Mountain, including the CADE Estate Vineyard, Ink Grade Vineyard, Outpost Vineyard, True Vineyard, Cold Springs, and Eagle Summit. The ideal 2013 vintage started on September 13th, with fruit from the Ink Grade Vineyard and finished on October 23rd with fruit from our CADE Estate Vineyard.
The majority of the fermentations went through a short maceration time between 6 and 9 days and hot fermentation temperatures, peaking at 95°F. A small portion of the blend was fermented in 500L and 225L new French oak puncheons and barrels. The must was pressed off at about 5° Brix and fermentation was allowed to finish in tank or barrel.
The wine received 19 months barrel aging in 100% French oak (90% new). Malolactic fermentation occurred in barrel immediately after primary fermentation. The wine was racked quarterly once malolactic fermentation was complete.
We use several different coopers for the Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon including Taransaud, Sylvain, Nadalie, Darnajou, Ana Selection, Quintessence, Orion, Allary, arnac, Ermitage, and Dargaud et Jaegle. Of these coopers, we are sourcing the oak from several different forests including Allier, Troncais, and the Center of France.
The wine has notes of clove, cranberry, raspberry, coffee, cinnamon, black pepper, and coco nibs. Gloriously pure notes of mulberry, graphite, blackberry and blueberry soar from the glass and cascade over the palate. The wine is full-bodied, with an opulent, velvety texture, pure, rich with firm tannins and bold structure. - Winery
87% Cabernet Sauvignon
7% Petit Verdot
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The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain has an inky purple color to the rim and represents a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot. Gloriously pure notes of mulberry, graphite, blackberry and blueberry soar from the glass and cascade over the palate. The wine is full-bodied, there is nary a hard edge to be found in this opulent, velvety texture, pure, rich, stunning Cabernet Sauvignon. It finishes impressively, and the wine is capable of lasting 15-20 years, although it’s certainly accessible now. - Robert Parker 94 Points
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is deep, plush and inviting, with a rush of fruit that takes hold of all the senses. Voluptuous and super-expressive, the 2013 is sure to find many fans. Inky blue and purplish fruit, spices, mint and white pepper are all laced together in a sumptuous, inviting wine. Mocha, plum and blueberry jam are some of the notes that grace the supple, open-knit finish. This is an especially accessible Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, but I doubt there will be too many complaints about that. - Antonio Galloni 93 Points
Though firm and dense, this is charming and agreeable already, with dried dark berry, sage and cedary oak flavors folding together. Appealing suppleness. Drink now through 2028. 6,558 cases made.–JL - Wine Spectator Magazine 92 Points