Cade 2014 Estate Howell Mountain Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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94 points James Suckling - Aromas of stones, dark tea and blackberries. Full to medium body, polished tannins and a juicy finish. Very pretty and flavorful. Drink in 2020.”
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate from their Howell Mountain vineyards is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot. A beauty, with mulberry, blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, graphite and spice, the wine cuts a broad swath across the palate with no hard edges. The color is a healthy, deep purple and the wine full-bodied, rich, and while drinkable now, is capable of evolving for up to 15-20 years. (RP)”
92 points Vinous - Cade's 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is soft, supple an open-knit, especially for a Howell Mountain wine. Black cherry, dark chocolate, spice, menthol and licorice are all pushed forward. The 2014 will drink well with minimal cellaring given its supple, silky personality. In late 2016, Cade purchased Ladera and in so doing greatly expanded their holdings on Howell Mountain. At present, the plan is to increase production of the existing wines, rather than adding new wines to the range. These are especially lush, flamboyant wines for Howell Mountain. Winemaker Danielle Cyrot favors short fermentations of 7-9 days at hot temperatures as part of her approach to tame the typically huge Howell Mountain tannin profile. The two thousand fifteens are the product of the earliest harvest ever at Cade. (AG)”
92 points Wine Spectator - A treat, showing deft balance and offering a charming mix of spicy, toasty oak amid a core of red and dark berry, with touches of anise and herb. Slowly and gracefully gains momentum and depth. (JL)”
Production: 285 Barrels
Varietals: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot
VNEYARD NOTES - The CADE Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from four Estate vineyards on Howell Mountain, including the CADE Estate Vineyard, Ink Grade Vineyard, Cold Springs, and Eagle Summit. The 2014 vintage was perfect for ripening Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon.
FERMENTATION - The majority of the fermentations went through a short maceration time between 8 and 9 days and hot fermentation temperatures, peaking at 92°F. A small portion of the blend was fermented in 500L 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.
ÉLEVAGE - The wine received 20 months barrel aging in 100% French oak (75% new). Malolactic fermentation occurred in barrel immediately after primary fermentation. The wine was racked quarterly once malolactic fermentation was complete.
COOPERAGE - We use several different coopers for the Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon including Taransaud, Sylvain, Nadalie, Darnajou, Seguin Moreau, Bel Air, Bousset, Atelier, Mercier, Tonnellerie O, Ana Selection, Quintessence, Orion, Allary, Jarnac, 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.
TASTING NOTES - The 2014 CADE Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain is soft, supple, open-knit and a real beauty. The color is a healthy, deep purple and the wine full-bodied, rich with mulberry, black cherry, dark chocolate, blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, graphite and spice – insanely approachable now given it’s silky personality but capable of evolving for up to 15 – 20 years, if you're patient enough.