CADE Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
87% Cabernet Sauvignon
3% Petit Verdot
The CADE Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from five vineyards on Howell Mountain, including the CADE Estate Vineyard, 13th Vineyard, Ink Grade Vineyard, Cold Springs, and Eagle Summit. The bountiful 2018 vintage started on September 26th, with fruit from the Ink Grade Vineyard and finished on November 9th with fruit from 13th Vineyard.
The majority of the fermentations went through a very short maceration time between 4 and 6 days and hot fermentation temperatures, peaking at 92°F. The must was pressed off at between 20°-12º Brix and fermentation was allowed to finish in tank or barrel. The resulting wines have amazing color and big intensity.
The wine received 19 months barrel aging in 100% French oak from more than 20 Coopers (67% new). Malolactic fermentation occurred in barrel immediately after primary fermentation. The wine was racked quarterly once malolactic fermentation was complete.
Vinous – “The 2018 CADE Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 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 Pts)
Jeb Dunnuck – “The 2018 CADE Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 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 Pts)
Wine Spectator – “This has both grippy mountain fruit characteristics as well as a sleekness, with racy-edged black currant, fig and blackberry fruit lined with bramble, apple wood and licorice snap notes. Features a strong finishing kick of fruit at the end, too. Best from 2023 through 2035.” (93 Pts)