Fruit juicy goodness. Dark, inky purple and nice acid/black fruit balance. Blackberry, goose berry, boysenberry...plenty of fruit but lively in the mouth and remarkably light on its feet. Round, soft tannins escort the wine on its finish. I used to recommend Cabernet to accompany that crusty, juicy medium rare filet... but this makes a brilliant case for carignan from a good producer and old vines. — a month ago
No butter-popcorn or sugared fruit-bomb here. Tart Granny Smith and slightly crunchy pear notes... touch of oak but no toasted brioche. The wine exhibits tight, acid-fruit weight and balance in the mouth. What strikes me most and keeps me interested is the serious weight and amazeball long and powerful finish. Call me crazy, but I prefer Bedrock’s whites/Rose to their vaunted reds! — 3 months ago
Could not resist to try one. Some critics state wait until 2021 till even 2026, others state drink now. So double decanted. Typical heavy merlot nose. Dark fruit, scented wood, gravel, pencil shavings on the palate. Drying tannins that coat the mouth. Upside potential to 94-95 when the tannins from the new oak have settled down. Will try the next bottles after 2023. Now 93+ — 4 months ago
What a perfume... Martha McClellan and Wesley Steffens worked in tandem to craft this inaugural release. The fruit is sourced from two estate vineyards farmed on top of Spring Mountain, as well as the Beckstoffer Melrose Vineyard in Rutherford, CA. The resulting wine shows very focused yet fresh and vibrant aromatics, polished tannins with great tension, smooth texture throughout the wine ending with a very pleasing and lengthy finish. This wine will drink very well upon release, as well will continue to reward with aging in the cellar for many years to come. — 2 months ago
Strawberry with a little dark cherry maybe. Good balance. — 2 months ago
Delish. Velvety smooth. — 3 months ago
Not a huge rye fan but this was fantastic! Great spice and pepper flavors with a modest “bite” at the back end. Great distillery in CO worth going back to. — 3 months ago
We drove up Howell Mountain to get to Cade two Sundays ago. What we witnessed was a horror show of fire damage. It’s hard to see nature destroyed in such a fashion. What was worse were all the brick chimneys only standing where there were once a home or a winery building.
Glass fire note. The fire investigation revealed the fire was started by a Cakebread electric fence short. An additional saddening note is Dolores Cakebread, the co-founder of Cakebread Cellars died shortly after the Glass Fire started. She was 90. No way to know if the stress of the fire factored into her passing.
There are some wines that wow you at first sip. The 15 Reserve is certainly that kind of wine. It was simply, lush, ruby, elegant, stunning, gorgeous & flat out sexy. The structure, tension, balance & length show the beat of the vintage & Winemakers craft. I’ll want to revisit this in 10-15 years. Hard to resist now but, I’ll wait to get the full value of my investment which, should add a point or two. You’ll want to experience its integration at that age. This will cellar nicely 30 years with proper storage.
Ripe, round, lush & opulent fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, cherries & strawberries. Melted caramel, dark cola, mocha, dark chocolate, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, mid dark spices, steeped fruit tea, soft leather, saddle-wood, stones, crushed, dry rocks, soft, understated volcanics with fresh & candied florals that are; dark, red & purple. Acidity is round & beautiful. The finish is flat out gorgeously stunning. Incredible balance & elegance that persists heavenly on the palate for minutes.
This a prime example of why I love & buy Cade.
Photos of; Cade Estate vines, outside patio tasting area, infinity wall and their Estate Cabernet fruit unharvested. Sadly, about 80-85% of the 2020 Napa Valley Cabernet fruit will never see bottling. — 5 months ago