Winemaker Notes: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.96 points Wine Advocate
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 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.
Production: 394 barrels
Varietals: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot