A fine steakhouse like Fleming's is a great place to celebrate a special occasion. Perhaps it's a big promotion, a deal with an important client, or an anniversary. Or, in our case, we had a bottle of 2006 Cade Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon that needed to be paired with a big, juicy, delicious steak.
Cade Winery is the sister winery of PlumpJack, and like PlumpJack they make some very nice Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery itself is perched on top of Howell Mountain, overlooking Napa Valley. Click on the link to view pictures of their winery -- you can just imagine yourself living the good life while sipping amazing wine.
Their 2006 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is made from grapes sourced from around Howell Mountain. It's 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Merlot and aged primarily in new French oak. It has a very herbaceous nose with a silky smooth front palate with tastes of plum and black cherry that gives way to nice acidity and big tannins. This is a big, bold Cab.
Our pairing? Steak. Sally had Filet Mignon and I enjoyed a bone-in ribeye. We split a side of Fleming's take on potatoes au gratin which has cream, jalapeños and cheddar cheese. Fleming's does steak to perfection and these two got along beautifully.