Winemaker Notes: Glorious levels of aromas spring from the glass with loads of blueberry, blackberry, cherry, plus warm roasted coffee, melted milk chocolate, vanilla and graham cracker. The palate is mouth coating, plush and voluptuously textured, like a raspberry reduction sauce, with deep density and persistance. Elegant tannin and structure, a unique characteristic of the 2014 vintage. Rich, pure and intense, finishing with flavors of coffee, cassis, and chocolate covered berries. 95 points Wine Advocate 94 points Wine Spectator
CADE Reserve Vineyard Notes The CADE Estate is situated on a 54 acre property with 21 acres planted to vines with an ideal southwest facing exposure. Located in the heart of Howell Mountain, the CADE Estate Reserve Vineyard sits at elevations ranging from 1,500 to 1,850 feet and is planted to 19 acres of cabernet sauvignon and 2 acres of merlot.
Fermentation The juice was fermented in a combination of stainless steel tanks 95%, and 500L new French oak puncheons 5%. Fermentation was hot and fast with temperatures reaching a maximum of 92°F and the juice macerating on the skins/seeds for 8-9 days.
Elevage The wine was aged for 20 months in 100% new French oak barrels. Only free run wine was used in the blend, no press fractions were selected. Racking occurred immediately after the completion of malolactic fermentation, then on a quarterly basis until bottling.
Cooperage Darnajou, Sylvain, Atelier, Orion, Seguin Moreau, Ermitage, and Dargaud et Jaegle.