Cade Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain|
"The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a total knock-out. Winemaker Danielle Cyrot has done a tremendous job taming the Howell Mountain tannins. There is still plenty of power and structure, but all the elements are so well balanced here. Inky dark red fruit, iron, new leather, blood orange, spice, a kiss of new French oak and game build in an opulent, brooding Cabernet loaded with personality." Antonio Galloni Vinous Media 95 points Drink 2023-38
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 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.
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. 18,850 cases made.
Composed of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, 5% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, the 2018 Cade Estate Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep garnet-purple color, delivering expressive scents of warm cassis, baked black cherries, plum preserves and raisin cake with touches of licorice, woodsmoke and dried Provence herbs. Full-bodied, the palate has a not unpleasant chewiness to the texture and bold freshness supporting the black fruit preserves, finishing on an earthy/smoky note.