Cade Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec; 4% Merlot; 3% Petit Verdot from five vineyards on Howell Mountain: Cade Estate Vineyard, 13th Vineyard, Ink Grade Vineyard, Cold Springs, and Eagle Summit. 18 months in 100% French Oak barrels (45% new). The majority of the fermentations went through a very short maceration time between four and six days and hot fermentation temperatures, peaking at 92°F. The must was pressed off at between 20°-12º Brix and fermentation was allowed to finish in tank or barrel. 19 months barrel aging in 100% French oak from more than 20 Coopers (67% new). Malolactic fermentation occurred in barrel immediately after primary fermentation. The wine was racked quarterly once malolactic fermentation was complete. Aromas of clove, cranberry, raspberry, coffee, cinnamon, black pepper, and coco nibs. Gloriously pure notes of boysenberry, graphite, blackberry, coffee and dark chocolate soar from the glass and cascade over the palate. Full-bodied, with an opulent, velvety texture, pure and rich with firm tannins and bold structure that is classic Howell Mountain.