Above and Beyond
With a shared vision, Gavin Newsom, Gordon Getty and John Conover imagined the addition of a complementary estate vineyard to the valley floor terroir of their Oakville estate at PlumpJack Estate Winery. In 2005, that dream came to fruition in the form of a 54-acre estate, elevated high above the fog line, on the dramatic slopes of Howell Mountain – it would become CADE Estate Winery. Like PlumpJack, CADE takes its name from Shakespeare, who used the term to refer to the wine casks—or cades—used to transport wine from Bordeaux to England in Elizabethan times.
Given the opportunity to build the winery from the ground up, Newsom, Getty and Conover committed to constructing a state-of-the-art winery that paid tribute to the land, both aesthetically and ecologically. This commitment went above and beyond the standard benchmark of environmental responsibility, especially in the world of wine. Every detail of the winery, from the shape of the cellar to the natural insulation of the caves, supported winemaking that brought out the personality of the land.
Today, Winemaker Danielle Cyrot continues to craft high elevation Cabernet Sauvignon that articulates the intense, powerful character of the estate while maintaining a balance of mountain fruit, firm acidity and judicious oak. These layered, complex wines reflect approachability and ageability with nuanced, artisanal expression that is referred to as “modern Howell Mountain.”