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With a shared vision, Gavin Newsom, Gordon Getty and John Conover imagined the addition of a complementary estate vineyard to the valley floor terroir of their Oakville estate at PlumpJack Estate Winery. In 2005, that dream came to fruition in the form of a 54-acre estate, elevated high above the fog line, on the dramatic slopes of Howell Mountain – it would become CADE Estate Winery. The state-of-the-art winery pays tribute to the land, both aesthetically and ecologically.
The two-fold commitment initiated in the vineyards with a painstaking program of natural cultivation to convert the vineyards to organic farming practices. “Change is good, green is good, organic is good,” says CADE partner John Conover about the estate’s environmentally proactive approach to winemaking. “We’re doing it because it’s the right thing to do as stewards of the land.
Even though this project is still relatively new, the early results have been nothing short of excellent on Howell Mountain. Every year, this is a consistently super highly rated project that features some of the best expression of Howell Mountains power and finesse. Plumpjack’s sibling winery even steals the spotlight in great vintages like this one.
Antonio Galloni found these some of the very best Cabernets made in the world in the 2018 vintage and some of their finest to date, and didn’t hesitate in letting his viewers know, “Danielle Cyrot turned out three stunning 2018 Cabernets at Cade. The wines offer a striking combination of opulence and Howell Mountain character. That is especially true of the Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 13th Vineyard, which is the finest wine I have ever tasted from the estate.”
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95 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate comes all from the estate on Howell Mountain and is 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, and the balance Merlot and Petit Verdot. More blue fruits, bay leaf, candied violets, orange blossom, and floral notes emerge from this full-bodied beauty, which reveals a rounded, sexy texture, polished tannins, and a great finish. Give bottles just a few years in the cellar and it’s going to keep for 15+.
95 Points, Vinous
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a sumptuous Howell Mountain Cabernet. It offers up an exciting mélange of dark red/purplish fruit, rose petal, spice, game, mint and blood orange. More than anything else, the Estate Cabernet delivers plenty of Howell Mountain richness, with nicely softened tannins that make it a total pleasure to taste.
95 Points, Vinous
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a total knock-out. Winemaker Danielle Cyrot has done a tremendous job taming the Howell Mountain tannins. There is still plenty of power and structure, but all the elements are so well balanced here. Inky dark red fruit, iron, new leather, blood orange, spice, a kiss of new French oak and game build in an opulent, brooding Cabernet loaded with personality.