HOWELL MOUNTAIN 2006
1,600-case blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot (all from Howell
Mountain), the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon reveals excellent potential.
It possesses high acids, high tannin, and, as most mountain Cabernets
do, requires some bottle age. A deep ruby/purple color is followed by
a closed, formidably endowed, forbiddingly backward wine.
Drink '11 - '31.
This is the new vineyard and winery of the Getty family and San Francisco’s
mayor, Gavin Newsom, the partnership that also owns Plumpjack. Cade
has the same winemaking crew as that estate, led by the talented Tony
Biagi, who is backed up by consulting winemaker, Nils Venge. In addition
to these red wines, a Sauvignon Blanc is also made, but I did not have
an opportunity to taste it. The Napa Cuvees are made from purchased
vineyard sources, the Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain is also
a product of purchased fruit, and the debut estate wine, the Cade Estate
Cabernet Sauvignon, is a 100% estate bottled offering. As one might
expect, given the quality of the Plumpjack wines, the Cade offerings
are serious. "
store customers, please call ahead to have some reserved.