Cade

Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

9.28 ratings
9.44 pro ratings
Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
Ron R
9.4

A much maligned vintage, which I personally don’t see in the quality of the wines, especially this. This is big, bold and luscious. Wonderful.

A much maligned vintage, which I personally don’t see in the quality of the wines, especially this. This is big, bold and luscious. Wonderful.

Oct 19th, 2020
Ron R
9.5

This is the big easy...
Loving this presentation. Rich, decadent and polished.

This is the big easy...
Loving this presentation. Rich, decadent and polished.

Aug 15th, 2020
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

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.

The Howell Mountain was showing better than the Estate...rounder & a touch softer. The tannins were big, grainy, meaty, tarry & dry. This needs another 8 years in bottle to shine. I think at that point, it will push more 94-95. Ripe; blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, plum & dark cherries. Showing big wood as well...like sucking on a wood plank. Used dark expresso grounds, leather, graphite, dry tobacco, dry brush, dark chocolate, caramel, dark spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, some black licorice notes. dry, crushed rock powder, dry top soils with fresh, dark, red & purple flowers. The acidity is nicely executed. The finish will take time. It’s good, well balanced but, showing little of the integration I prefer.

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.

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.

The Howell Mountain was showing better than the Estate...rounder & a touch softer. The tannins were big, grainy, meaty, tarry & dry. This needs another 8 years in bottle to shine. I think at that point, it will push more 94-95. Ripe; blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, plum & dark cherries. Showing big wood as well...like sucking on a wood plank. Used dark expresso grounds, leather, graphite, dry tobacco, dry brush, dark chocolate, caramel, dark spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, some black licorice notes. dry, crushed rock powder, dry top soils with fresh, dark, red & purple flowers. The acidity is nicely executed. The finish will take time. It’s good, well balanced but, showing little of the integration I prefer.

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.

1 person found it helpfulNov 10th, 2020
Ron R
9.4

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1 person found it helpfulOct 24th, 2020
John Singer

Very dense and structured. High acid. Let this wine breath as it will open up and mellow out. Nose of clove and vanilla. Notes of oak, raspberry, and leather. Very dry finish.

Very dense and structured. High acid. Let this wine breath as it will open up and mellow out. Nose of clove and vanilla. Notes of oak, raspberry, and leather. Very dry finish.

Aug 1st, 2020
C
9.2

C had this 5 months ago

C had this 5 months ago

Jul 2nd, 2020
Van Miranda

Van had this 7 months ago

Van had this 7 months ago

May 11th, 2020
Chelsea Heaps

Chelsea had this 7 months ago

Chelsea had this 7 months ago

Apr 11th, 2020