Cade Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Napa Valley,


Winemaker's Notes
The CADE Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is sourced from five small growers on Howell Mountain: CADE Estate Vineyards, Ink Grade Vineyards, Outpost Vineyards, True and Eagle Summit Vineyards. The 2009 harvest on Howell Mountain began on October 11th and lasted through October 30st. The 2009 vintage was a challenging one on Howell Mountain but the decision to thin heavily in our estate vineyards as well as our grower's vineyards paid huge dividends in October when the small crop achieved physiological/phenolic ripeness.
The cooler 2009 vintage gave us a higher acidity on Howell Mountain and that in turn gives the wine a wonderful freshness. On the palette, flavors of chocolate, mint, currant, and vanilla bean are revealed. The tannins are firm but not obtrusive and the wine can easily age for the next 6-9 years.
Critical Acclaim
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.    (5/2017)

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)    (12/2016)

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. Yields were down a whopping 60% because of the poor set. (AG)   (10/2016)
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