After sending countless wine friends and clients up to Cade Winery on Howell Mountain since their inception, I finally took the time and visited them myself on Tuesday. My longtime Cade contact and friend, Ryan Keith, organized and hosted me and two of my colleagues, Lee Reinsimar from our St. Helena store and Michael Green from our private client division. We spent the day with Ryan and their winemaker, Dani Cyrot and Director of Sales, Sandra Roberts to really get a better sense of the property, their wines and focus going forward. We finished our visit with a fantastic lunch overlooking the infinity pond/pool that spills over the hillside onto the valley floor. It was most interesting to hear Dani talk about their winemaking philosophy at Cade. While I hear all the time that winemakers try to let the grapes show their potential instead of really manipulating them in the winery, I do believe that's the case with Dani's style of winemaking. And with former fulltime winemaker Tony Biagi consulting with Dani on the vineyard specifics, I think she will help to make the vineyards shine and bring out the best with each harvest. Below are a few photos from this great afternoon. If you haven’t visited them yet or if it’s been awhile, schedule a time to meet with them and taste their releases. As their vines mature each year and as they also continue to work with some of the best vineyards throughout the valley, their Howell Mountain Estate Cab gets better with each vintage. www.cadewinery.com - Kerrin Laz, Wine Director
Photo above, from L-R: Winery sign as you enter the tasting patio and room. View of the tasting room from the actually winery. Looking south onto the Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard. View looking up at the exterior of the winery, which is a certified LEED Gold certified winery.
Photo above: view of the winery from the tasting room. Less than ten trees were taken down to build this property.
Photo above: The Manzanita tree that encompasses Cade Winery. It's the logo for Cade Winery as well as the backbone for the colors used on the Cade wine labels and capsules.
Photo above: view at lunch looking southwest onto the Napa Valley floor. The farthest peak to the left is Mt. Diablo near San Francisco.
Photo above: panoramic view of the property from the winery.
Photo above: Ramsey taking in all the aromas in the cave.
Photo above: View leaving Cade and looking up at the winery and tasting room.