Stags Leap District AVA
Odette Estate raises the bar every year with luxury Cabernets
Founded by the same world-class team that brought the industry PlumpJack Winery and Cade Estate Winery, Odette Estate was established in 2012 on a remarkable piece of property in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley. Odette Estate is one of the newest additions to this beloved region and looks to serve as a "breath of fresh air" to the historic District.
It all started in 1995 when the successful PlumpJack Winery was founded in Oakville. Its fruit originated from the surrounding Napa Valley floor and PlumpJack's wines won many admirers with its high quality wines. Its owners were politically active – Gavin Newsom (then, the Major of San Francisco and now, the current Lieutenant Governor of California) and philanthropist Gordon Getty. A third partner, John Conover, joined the team in 2004 and has since become the managing partner for the entity. In 2005, they established Cade Estate Winery in an effort to craft wines with different terroir than PlumpJack. Cade Estate is located on Howell Mountain, sitting at an elevation of 1,800 feet, just above the fog line for Napa Valley. Keeping with the reputation of PlumpJack's highly rated wines, the first vintage from Cade garnered a 95+ from Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, and the ensuing year earned a 98+ from the same publication.
Fast forward to 2012 when the partners were ready to add a third property to the family of wineries. A historic 45-acre site in the prestigious Stags Leap District became the home for Odette Estate. The property, planted to 36 acres of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, is meticulously and organically farmed and includes a state-of-the-art, Gold LEED Certified Winery (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). The winery itself was named after Odette, a fabled princess, mistress, and judge who appears throughout history in tales and works of fiction, including the literary works of Shakespeare and Proust. Odette perfectly captures the vision for this pristine, modern winery property – femininity, strength, and power. Now in its fourth year, Odette Estate continues to raise the bar every year with luxury Cabernet Sauvignons that are rivaled by few in the Valley.
Jeff Owens - Winemaker
The Odette wines are made by a longtime member of the PlumpJack family, Jeff Owens. A 2005 graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Jeff began as a cellar worker for PlumpJack in 2006 and quickly rose through the ranks as enologist and assistant winemaker.
In 2010, he became the assistant winemaker for Cade Estate, and in 2012, he was named head winemaker for Odette Estate. Despite the learning curve set by the new property, the 2012 vintage turned out to be a blockbuster debut for Jeff and the Odette team, earning a perfect 100 Points from Robert Parker.