Wine Advocate 96+
The 2016 Cade Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 77 Cabernet Sauvignon, 11 Merlot, 7 Malbec and 5 Petit Verdot. It has a deep purple-black color and wonderfully pure, vibrant notes of crushed blackcurrants, black cherries and baker's chocolate with touches of Indian spices, licorice and cloves plus an earthy waft of damp soil. Full-bodied, rich and powerful in the mouth with a rock-solid frame of ripe, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, it finishes with layer after layer of black fruit and exotic spices.~L.P-B.
Jeb Dunnuck 97
"The only red I was able to taste, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate checks in as 77 Cabernet Sauvignon, 11 Merlot, 7 Malbec, and 5 Petit Verdot brought up in 79 new French oak. It's a total rock star of a wine and boasts a saturated purple color, a flamboyant, full-bodied, sexy style, awesome notes of cassis, toasty oak, tobacco, and graphite, sweet tannins, and thrilling purity of fruit. It ranks with the creme de la creme of Howell Mountain and has 2-3 decades of longevity ahead of it."~J.D.
Vinous Media 94
Cade's 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is gorgeous. Firm, powerful and savory, the Estate is a terrific example of Howell Mountain Cabernet. Red cherry jam, graphite, scorched earth, iron, menthol, grilled herbs and cedar all run through this potent, firm Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, the 2016 is positively bristling with energy. It can be enjoyed young or cellared. Dollops of Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot round out the blend.~A.G.
James Suckling 93
"This is another essence-like expression of cabernet from this producer, but its well done with blackberries, cassis, morello cherries and hot stones. Full body, chewy yet grainy tannins and a structured finish. Drink in 2024.~J.S.
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CADE Estate Winery sits high above the fog line on the dramatic slopes of Howell Mountain, just northeast of the town of St. Helena. The building's striking architecture, a dialogue between gentle contours and strong rectilinear forms, suggests the complexity of their wines – powerful yet nuanced expressions of their mountain terroir. The winery blends right in with the impressive contrasts of the estate, a spot where cultivated vineyard rows meet tall evergreens and native Manzanita trees, all set against a backdrop of staggering Napa Valley vistas for a visitor experience not soon forgotten.
In 2005, Gavin Newsom, Gordon Getty and John Conover established CADE Estate Winery to craft luxury, high-altitude estate Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain as a complement to the valley floor wines of PlumpJack Winery. Like PlumpJack, CADE takes its name from Shakespeare, who used the term to refer to the wine casks – or cades – shipped from Bordeaux to England during Elizabethan times.
At an elevation of 1800 feet, the estate – 54 contiguous acres surrounding the winery – experiences a unique temperature inversion. During the day, conditions are cooler than those on the valley floor; evenings, on the other hand, grow warmer with the setting sun. This gives the grapes extended hangtime, allowing them to ripen fully and evenly for wines of exceptional density and balance. Our mountainside soils, characterized by volcanic ash and minerals, provide beneficial stress to vines that further concentrates the character of this unique terroir.
The team at CADE Estate believes that winemaking should honor the land, both aesthetically and ecologically. The estate's artistic, contemporary design, with its inviting rooms and wide open terrace, encourages guests to discover the ever-changing interplay among natural and architectural spaces. The environmentally responsible construction includes solar panels, naturally regulated caves, reclaimed and recycled materials and much more. CADE is proud to be the first organically farmed LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certified estate winery in Napa Valley.