Monday, January 24, 2011
Hilltop Winery with a View
I've been taking guests to Plumpjack Winery in Oakville for as long as Blue Heron has been open. A couple of years ago wines from Plumpjack's sister winery, Cade, started showing up in the Plumpjack tasting room. The Plumpjack staff kept telling me that I had to see Cade. A couple of weeks ago, I made the journey.
Cade Winery is located high up on Howell Mountain, one of the premier Cabernet regions in Napa. The winery is Gold LEED Certified for its environmental efforts and the vineyards are organically farmed. The Plumpjack staff were right, the view is spectacular.
Cade takes full advantage of its location, producing three Cabernet Sauvignons and one Sauvignon Blanc. One of the Cabs is from the estate and another is made from grapes sourced from other Howell Mountain growers. The third Cab, as well as the Sauvignon Blanc, carry the Napa Valley designation.
Tastings are by appointment and cost $20/person. The experience is very personal. One of Cade's staff walks you through the currently available wines while you sit in the parlor or on the terrace, from which the above photo was taken. If you like Cabernet and want to have a leisurely tasting experience, then journey up Howell Mountain to Cade. If you'd like to take a private tour of the Napa Valley that includes a visit to Cade, please contact Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or Rick@BlueHeronTours.com.