July 8, 2021 - An excellent bottle of wine. Nice nose followed by a smooth melody of black cherry, blackberry and plum fruit. Pleasant finish.
July 5, 2021 - Smooth and robust. Excellent.
May 21, 2021 - "Inky," says the wife. "Dark cherry," say I. "Good," we agree, as we finish the bottle lickety-split. The dry tannins dominate at first, and then, with air, they don't disappear but move to the background, as the dark fruitiness emerges. At $110 a bottle, the value proposition is a little sketchy, but there's no doubt that this is a tasty beverage, and that the 2013 is completely ready to drink now.
May 18, 2021 - Needed only an hour to hit its stride.....soft, feminine mouthfeel, gentle aging components of light garnet color and ever so subtle aged red fruit.....nose of pronounced sage/herbs....takes almost 3-4 hours to lessen. This is in a very good place right now. I don't see it getting any better from here. 93 bordering on a 94.....
March 7, 2021 - Very solid. Can still cellar for a while. Nice with a grilled ribeye.
August 19, 2020 - Rich, dark, blackberry fruit with notes of cassis, lavender and bitter chocolate deliver a full, round mouthfeel with this terrific cabernet. Absolutely needs an hour decant to unlock all its secondary flavors. Despite its full, fruit forward style, it pairs nicely with many foods.
July 21, 2020 - Give this one at least two hours of air. Opened for one hour, then a decant for another hour before drinking. G loved it. The wine was an inky purple with a good amount of sediment (another reason to decant). Beautiful complex nose of many aromas including black pepper, clove, toast, coffee and blackberry. Cassis, coffee, and toasted spices were evident on the tongue, with a bit of heat that dissipated with time but never completely left. Nice long finish. Very enjoyable, and could have scored even higher for me with a bit less alcohol and a smoother, more luxuriant mouthfeel. May be better with more cellar time.
July 9, 2020 - CADE takes its name from Shakespeare, who used the term to describe wine casks, or cades, shipped from Bordeaux to England during Elizabethan times; fortunately, wine no longer is shipped via such arcane methods. In this case, the wine doesn’t even travel over water, but it is a wine that still sees 100% French oak barrels being used with 90% of the wine aged in new oak; those barrels coming from 11 different cooperages sourced from different forests in France. I’d say that was a good name for the winery given those facts.
Plumpjack Estate Winery obtained the 54-acre estate in 2005 amongst the elevated and sloping vineyards on Howell Mountain to add to their growing family of wines; their third winery, Odette Estate Winery, to be added in 2012 from the Stag’s Leap District AVA.
In 2012 Danielle Cyrot was named winemaker for Cade and brought her love of both Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc. Years later I would have the honor of meeting Danielle and tasting through their lineup, what a great day and wines! The wine that day was the 2012 Cade Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain, the first year this wine was made from all estate fruit; for this post, I’m moving on a year to the 2013 vintage.
Still in its youth, the wine has many more years ahead. Upon opening, this blend of 87% Cabernet, 7% Petit Verdot, and 6% Merlot is big and bold with rustic qualities, almost begging for time to release its goodness. After a couple of hours, the wine softens and the fruit becomes one with the other qualities; complex notes of dark and rich fruits, powerful wine with balance and the right amount of tannins, acidity, and oak (19 months of barrel aging), culminating on a lengthy finish with a touch of dryness making it perfect for a big steak dinner.
2013 is probably long gone, but 2016 or 2017 should be available and both just as wonderful. Give them a try.
June 7, 2020 - Very deep purple. Clean nose of pronounced intensity with aromas of black cherry, mint, eucalyptus, chocolate, vanilla, leather. Wine is developing. On the palate, dry, medium plus acidity, medium plus tannins, high alcohol, full body with pronounced flavor intensity of prunes, chocolate, leather. Finish is medium. Very good wine, ready to drink now or can be aged for 7 plus year. Very well made wine. Good structure. Not you typically Napa fruit bomb, a lot more sophisticated and structured
May 24, 2020 - Excellent red wine. Sophisticated fruit not big fruit. Very pleasant.