June 23, 2015

PlumpJack, Cade and Odette

3 wineries, 3 appellations, 3 terroirs


Outstanding Napa Cabs from...

Oakville, Howell Mountain and Stags Leap


Explore Napa terroir with 3 distinct wines from the PlumpJack Group

It all started with PlumpJack. The PlumpJack Group began in 1992 as a wine shop on Fillmore Street in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow district.  In 1994, partners Gavin Newsom and Gordon & Bill Getty expanded into a neighbouring storefront, creating the beloved (lamented) PlumpJack Café.  In 1995 they opened PlumpJack Winery to instant acclaim.  The winery, known for estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, was created on the site of the historic Villa Mt. Eden winery in Napa’s Oakville AVA and dates back to the 1870s. The truly Grand Cru region is shared with some of California’s finest - Groth, Cardinale, Screaming Eagle, Opus One and Silver Oak.

In 2005, Cade was established as a complement to PlumpJack’s valley floor terroir, located at 1800-feet elevation atop Howell Mountain. 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 — fruit for the Napa Cuvee and Howell Mountain Cabs was sourced from carefully selected, prestigious vineyards: Ink Grade, Beckstoffer Dr. Crane, To Kalon and Outpost.  In 2007, Cade released their first vintage of Estate Cabernet.  Like PlumpJack Reserve Cab, Cade Estate is bottled half with cork and half with Stelvin closure. The goal here is to make structured but accessible Howell Mountain Cabernet.

The PlumpJack Group didn’t stop there. In 2014, they introduced Odette Winery on the Silverado trail in Napa’s Stags Leap District. The former Stelzner (est. 1965) vineyards, winery and caves have been completely refurbished. The very first vintage of Odette Cab Reserve was awarded 100 points by Parker. The estate comprises 45 acres of organically farmed Cabernet and Merlot. This exciting, latest winery gives fervent PJ fans an opportunity to experience Stags Leap terroir. Taste the difference. 

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2012 Cabernet Sauvignon 'Estate', Oakville
Retail: $176.95 / bottle (12 btls/cs) 

Black cherry, raspberry, iron, crushed granite and sage laced with mocha and vanilla.

…Rich, broad but velvety tannins, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and up-front drinkability, but gorgeous seductiveness and plenty of blackcurrant and black cherry fruit. — 93 Points, Robert Parker



2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain
Retail: $112.95 / bottle (12 btls/cs) 

Dark red cherries, wild flowers, mint, savoury herbs, mocha and licorice all flesh out in the delineation, energy and pure vibrancy… This is a relatively gentle, suave style for Howell Mountain, but at the same time, there is plenty of early accessibility. 92 Points, Antonio Galloni



2012 Cabernet Sauvignon 'Estate', Stags Leap
Retail: $168.95 / bottle (12 btls/cs) *estimated price

Near perfect, glorious example of Napa Cab from an absolutely magnificent vintage… the wine shows classic crème de cassis notes along with some floral underpinnings, deep raspberry and a touch of minerality. Good crisp acidity provides focus and uplift through this wine’s other exuberant and concentrated parts... 96 Points, Parker


Also available from Cade...

Cade 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa
Retail: $56.95 / bottle (12 btls/cs)

Nose is filled with aromas of green apple, lemon, lime, honeydew melon, white peach and white flowers. Hints of grapefruit, lemon meringue and cantaloupe. Great viscosity and weight in the palate followed by vibrant acidity. Flavours of grapefruit, orange zest, kiwi, toasted almonds with a mineral, flinty edge.