The 2006 CADE Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is truly a powerful wine and a true representation of Howell Mountain. Aromas of baked plums, cassis, black olive and smoke jump from the glass. Secondary aromas of soy, vanilla, black cherry and cola nut come forward with aeration. On the palate dense flavors of black cherry, cocoa powder, black olive and sage are followed with a dense wall of tannins that will allow for this to age gracefully for the next 5-10 years.
Wine maker notes
This is wine is a small release from our Estate Vineyard and it is only available here at CADE. Planted in 2003 we are the only winery to produce wine from this exciting and dramatic hillside estate. When first opened it reveals a strikingly provocative aromatic display of graphite, violets dark chocolate and cedar. With aeration aromas of black Currant, dark chocolate and black cherry fill the glass. A classic mountain Cabernet Sauvignon and a true representation of the 2006 vintage, it is full bodied and benefits from aging with flavors of chocolate truffle, black cherry, cocoa powder and currant. It displays immense concentration and a voluptous texture suggesting it will benefit with 2-3 years of bottle age or a good decant. It will evolve nicely for the next 15+ years.
20 months in 100% French Oak. 80% of the French Oak was brand new. Racked 4 times during aging and Malolactic took place in Barrel.
Sylvain, Taransaud, Seguin Moreau and Saury
Took place on July 17, 2008.
CADE Estate Winery sits high above the fog line on the dramatic slopes of Howell Mountain, just northeast of the town of St. Helena. The building’s striking architecture, a dialogue between gentle contours and strong rectilinear forms, suggests the complexity of our wines- powerful yet nuanced expressions of our mountain terroir. The winery blends right in with the impressive contrasts of our estate, a spot where cultivated vineyard rows meet tall evergreens and native Manzanita trees, all set against a backdrop of staggering Napa Valley vistas for a visitor experience not soon forgotten.
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, our 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, on the other hand, grow warmer with the setting sun. This gives our grapes extended hangtime, allowing them to ripen fully and evenly for wines of exceptional density and balance. Our mountainside soils, characterized by volcanic ash and minerals, provide beneficial stress to vines that further concentrates the character of this unique terroir.
Former CADE winemaker (and current consultant) Anthony Biagi collaborated with architect Juan Carlos Fernandez to construct our state-of-the-art winemaking facility. Every detail of the winery, from the shape of the cellar to the natural insulation of the caves, supports winemaking that brings out the personality of our terroir. CADE wines articulate the intense, powerful character of our estate while maintaining a balance of fruit, acidity, and oak carried over a voluptuous mouthfeel. These are layered wines, with a complexity that allows them to age well alongside an approachability that makes them delightful to drink right now. In contrast to the rustic, tannic Cabernet Sauvignon wines sometimes associated with Howell Mountain, we like to call the nuanced, artisanal expression of our wines Modern Howell Mountain. We also craft a crisp, vibrant Sauvignon Blanc with an intriguing combination of stainless steel, oak, and cement egg fermentation.
At CADE Estate, we believe that winemaking should honor the land, both aesthetically and ecologically. Our estate’s artistic, contemporary design, with its inviting rooms and wide open terrace, encourages guests to discover the ever-changing interplay among natural and architectural spaces. The environmentally responsible construction of CADE includes solar panels, naturally regulated caves, reclaimed and recycled materials and much more. We are proud to be the first organically farmed LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certified estate winery in Napa Valley.