The CADE Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from five vineyards on Howell Mountain, including the CADE Estate Vineyard, CADE 13th Vineyard, Ink Grade Vineyard, Cold Springs, and Eagle Summit. The warm and dry 2016 vintage started on September 22nd, with fruit from the Ink Grade Vineyard and finished on October 21st with fruit from Eagle Summit.
The majority of the fermentations went through a short maceration time between 9 and 12 days and hot fermentation temperatures, peaking at 92°F. The must was pressed off at between 5°-0º Brix and fermentation was allowed to finish in tank or barrel.
The wine received 19 months barrel aging in 100% French oak (79% 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 Sylvain, Nadalie, Darnajou, Ana Selection, Quintessence, Orion, Bel Air, Seguin Moreau, Mercier, Tonnellerie O, Doreau, Mercurey, D’Aquitaine, Cavin, Allary, Atelier, Jarnac, Ermitage, Taransaud, and Dargaud et Jaegle.
The 2016 vintage is a special one since it features fruit from our newest 82-acre estate on Howell Mountain, CADE 13th Vineyard. A potpourri of aromas explode from the glass with notes of raspberry coulis, black cherry, cedar, cocoa nib, boysenberry, mint, graham cracker, and a hint of lavender, rose and bay. The palette follows with bright flavors of red cherry and strawberry jam before tertiary elements of coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, and fresh plums take over. This wine is full-bodied displaying archetypal Howell Mountain tannin balanced by an elegant structure.
- 77% Cabernet Sauvignon
- 11% Merlot
- 7% Malbec
- 5% Petit Verdot
- Alcohol: 15.3%
- ** Only 7 in Stock **
The only red I was able to taste, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate checks in as 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 7% Malbec, and 5% Petit Verdot brought up in 79% new French oak. It’s a total rock star of a wine and boasts a saturated purple color, a flamboyant, full-bodied, sexy style, awesome notes of cassis, toasty oak, tobacco, and graphite, sweet tannins, and thrilling purity of fruit. It ranks with the creme de la creme of Howell Mountain and has 2-3 decades of longevity ahead of it. - Jeb Dunnuck 97 Points