August 17, 2017
 

Limted Offer

Cade 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa
Retail:  $63.95 / btl  (12 x 750 mL/cs)

PlumpJack 2016 Chardonnay Reserve, Napa (half bottles) 
Retail:  $56.95 / btl
  (12 x 375 mL/cs)

PlumpJack 2015 Merlot, Napa
Retail:  $112.95 / btl  (12 x 750 mL/cs)

Cade 2014 'Estate' Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mtn (half bottles)
Retail:  $103.95 / btl  (12 x 375 mL/cs)

PlumpJack 2014 'Estate' Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville (half bottles)
Retail:  $126.95 / btl  (12 x 375 mL/cs)


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Cade 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa

Typical of winemaker Danielle Cyrot, this wine (95% Sauvignon Blanc, 2% Sauvignon Musqué, 2% Sémillon, 1% Viognier) is composed from a tremendous combination of elements to arrive at a remarkably complex wine. Four grape varieties come from six different vineyards throughout Napa’s microclimates (including PlumpJack Estate, where the Sauvignon is grown in a parcel next to Groth’s Sauvignon), fermented in stainless tanks, stainless drums, new French oak barriques, older French oak barriques, and concrete eggs. Ten different yeast strains were used. Malolactic was not permitted, and the wine was aged sur-lie for 6 months… Get the picture? This is a really cool Sauvignon Blanc.

Winemaker’s note:  “This wine is filled with a gorgeous perfume of honeyed pears, guava, lemon grass, pink grapefruit and a waft of lemon-lime soda. The palate is full of tropical flavors and delicate kiwi plus a great intensity of lemon and lime citrus flavors. The sémillon and viognier added to the blend invoke another level of complexity with flavors orange blossom and lemon curd. The barrel fermentations add a satiny texture, density and viscosity to the mid-palate of the wine. The concrete adds a touch of flint and mineral to the finish of the wine while the stainless steel fermentations preserve the natural Sauvignon Blanc aromatics, the racy backbone and the zesty crispness.”

That's Danielle pictured above in the cellar at Cade with one of the concrete eggs she uses for fermenting Sauvignon Blanc.

 

PlumpJack 2016 Chardonnay 'Reserve', Napa (half bottles)

The 2016 PlumpJack Reserve Chardonnay, Napa Valley is grown in two spots - Carneros and St. Helena. Each of these unique AVAs provide their signature characteristics – freshly-cut green apple, Bosc pear and zingy lemon zest aromas from Carneros and the warmer St. Helena vineyard offers ripe pineapple and lychee fragrances.  On the palate, the Carneros site gives gorgeous, bright acidity that is beautifully balanced by the creamy, lingering texture of the St. Helena fruit.  A kiss of oak adds subtle layers to the nose and palate of toasted almonds, baked vanilla and spice. Malolactic is completely inhibited, allowing the refreshing acidity to shine rather than becoming 'buttery'. The balanced fruit, oak & acid makes for an extremely appealing and drinkable wine.

 

PlumpJack 2015 Merlot, Napa

(90-92) points – Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com

“PlumpJack's 2015 Merlot is forward and juicy, both qualities that make it a delicious wine to drink pretty much upon release. Inky blue/purplish fruit, lavender, spice and mint are all pushed forward.” 

90 points – Robert M. Parker Jr, RobertParker.com

“The 2015 Merlot, which is in bottle, has a slightly denser ruby/purple color, far more appeal, with deeper, richer, sweeter fruit, a lot more sucrosity, plenty of black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, a hint of white chocolate and a heady finish. Both of these are 100% Merlot, but the 2015 is head and shoulders above the 2014. The 2015 can be drunk over the next 12-15 years.
This famed estate on the Oakville crossroads, which was once the Villa Mt. Eden winery, where Nils Venge made a succession of profound wines in the 1970s, is now owned by the Getty family and called Plumpjack. These are always among my favorite wines in Napa Valley, as they are consistently well-crafted and represent the best of the Oakville corridor.”

 

Cade 2014 'Estate' Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mtn. (half bottles)

This is 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot from four Estate vineyards on Howell Mountain. It's matured exclusively in French oak barriques (75% new) from an astonishing assortment of coopers, forests and toast levels – resulting in 2 dozen different permutations, providing Danielle with an awe-inspiring palette from which she crafts this wine. Didn't I mention above that she builds complexity through a tremendous combination of elements...

92 points – Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com

“Cade's 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is soft, supple an open-knit, especially for a Howell Mountain wine. Black cherry, dark chocolate, spice, menthol and licorice are all pushed forward. The 2014 will drink well with minimal cellaring given its supple, silky personality.

93 points – Robert M. Parker Jr, RobertParker.com

“The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate from their Howell Mountain vineyards is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot. A beauty, with mulberry, blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, graphite and spice, the wine cuts a broad swath across the palate with no hard edges. The color is a healthy, deep purple and the wine full-bodied, rich, and while drinkable now, is capable of evolving for up to 15-20 years.

 

PlumpJack 2014 'Estate' Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville (half bottles)

Probably the benchmark bottle of the PlumpJack group of wineries, this Estate Cab is a worthy Napa icon. Winemaker Aaron Miller says “My goal is always to make wine that is strong enough to stand on its own, yet elegant enough to be enjoyed with food," says Miller. "The soil profile at PlumpJack allows for such complexity – simultaneously light and dense. That diversity necessitates preparedness. When it comes to winemaking, I think ten steps ahead, and then act. Being well prepared is critical in order to find the balance between the science and the art of winemaking.”

Aaron graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior before continuing on to receive his Masters. After being published in the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture and interning in Italy and New Zealand, he held positions at Groth Winery and Lewis Cellars.

95 points – Robert M. Parker Jr, RobertParker.com

“The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, which is a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot, is a beauty. Bigger-boned and framed than many 2014s, with more structure, this is classic Oakville material, with an opaque purple color and a big, sweet kiss of graphite, blackcurrants, Christmas fruitcake and spice box. Full-bodied and opulent, with moderate tannin, this is a gorgeous wine to drink now and over the next 20 or more years.”

94 points – Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com

“The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is another super-appealing wine. Dark cherry, plum, mocha, spice, new leather and licorice wrap around the palate. Succulent, layered and juicy, the 2014 captures all of the appeal of this Oakville site, albeit in the more restrained style that is typical of the year.

 

About PlumpJack and Cade Wineries

Established in 1995 by Gordon Getty and Gavin Newsom, PlumpJack Winery quickly became a Napa icon. This 42-acre estate on the Oakville Crossroad is in the heart of California’s most prestigious Cabernet appellation, considered some of the finest vineyard land in California.  The facility where PlumpJack now makes wine was the original home of Villa Mt. Eden Winery, founded in 1881. The great wines produced at this estate in the '70s are legendary Napa Cabernets. Neighbours include Groth, Screaming Eagle, Silver Oak, Opus One, Rudd and Harlan. Aaron Miller has been winemaker since the 2012 vintage. Aaron was previously at Groth, another of the iconic Napa wineries in our portfolio, and a mere stone's throw from PlumpJack, along the Oakville Crossroad. 

Ten years on, PlumpJack G.M. John Conover joined Newsom and Getty in founding Cade Winery. The winery and vineyards were established on a virgin site at 1800 feet elevation on Howell Mountain. Of the estate’s 54 acres, 21 are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot. The vineyards have been farmed organically from the start and the winery itself was Napa’s first LEED Gold Certified estate winery — even the insulation is made from recycled blue jeans. 

Cade’s first vintage was 2006, the winemaker is Danielle Cyrot. With experience in Alsace and Australia, she joined Cade from St. Clement winery. Danielle’s style here is structured, but accessible Howell Mountain Cab — which has a reputation for being iron-hard when young. She might be considered ‘a little bit OCD’, always employing a tremendous combination of elements to arrive at a remarkably complex wine – a mind-boggling assortment of vineyards/blocks, grape varieties, stainless, oak or concrete fermenters, yeast selections…