Winemaker Notes: The wine starts out with aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, chocolate covered raspberry, currant, holiday baking spices, and coco nibs. In the palate are flavors of black fruits, chocolate truffles, cinnamon, caramel, cherry cola, and baked blueberries. The velvety tannins and mouth coat-ing texture of this wine make it an exceptional example of what Howell Mountain can offer. This wine will keep delivering for years to come. 98 points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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 1 acre of Malbec and 1 acre of Petit Verdot. The 2016 vintage also features fruit from our newly acquired 82 acre property on Howell Mountain, 13th Vineyard.
Fermentation The fruit was hand picked, destemmed/whole berry, hand sorted, and pumped into small stainless steel fermentation tanks. The must was kept at 50ÂºF for a two day cold soak. Fermentation was hot and fast with tem-peratures reaching a maximum of 92ÂF and the juice macerating on the skins/seeds for 8-10 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 fermen-tation, then on a quarterly basis until bottling.
Cooperage Darnajou, Sylvain, Orion, Ermitage, Atelier, and Dargaud et Jaegle.