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 Vintage2001 Label 1 of 12 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2003 vintage.)
TypeRed
ProducerCadence (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
DesignationBel Canto
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionWashington
SubRegionColumbia Valley
AppellationRed Mountain

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2006 and 2011 (based on 2 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.1 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 8 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Eric on 1/6/2013 & rated 91 points: A lovely way to celebrate the Seahawks victory (sorry RGIII, that was grisly; please recover well). A mature WA wine is very fitting for the day.

Perfumed and floral, screaming of Ciel du Cheval. How much of the blend actually came from there? Even better than the bright aromatics is the utterly silky texture and very bright acidity. Nothing overdone here. Very Washington. Supple and lithe and very lively for a 11 year old wine. Well done Ben & Gaye! (2216 views)
 Tasted by GlenviewGSW on 4/11/2012 & rated 92 points: Nice aged wine drinking well at the moment. Smooth finish as the tannins are well in the background of the finish. Not a big nose probably due to the large % of Cabernet franc. However the flavor profile is very good with dark berry and earthy undertones. Nice smooth finish. Probably needs to be drunk over next 2 years (1247 views)
 Tasted by EMichels on 5/1/2011 & rated 91 points: Big fruit; Improves with age (1307 views)
 Tasted by EMichels on 9/15/2009 & rated 94 points: Tobacco; Dark Mint; Great interest with a bit of a roller coaster development in the mouth when first poured as the very long finish developed (really great); As it developed in the glass it shifted to an explosive fruit and white pepper entry; Great body; Wonderful stuff (1895 views)
 Tasted by Eric on 1/28/2007: A Cadence tasting (Seattle, WA): Licorice, piercing, definite tobacco. Gorgeous energy, super silky yet with sneaky length. Very exciting wine. (2816 views)
 Tasted by Eric on 2/10/2006 & rated 93 points: Wow, this opened up amazingly well with dominant notes of tobacco intermingling with dancing acidity and a bit of wood spice. Screaming of Cab Franc, powerfully structured yet with a largely silken texture on the palate, chalky, mineral, almost salty on the finish. This is a baby but already turning into something special. Really enjoyable and a lot of upward potential. (1909 views)
 Tasted by Eric on 11/15/2003 & rated 92 points: (Tasted at McCarthy & Schiering with Ben Smith 'pouring'.) A gorgeous nose, somewhat briary with licorice and a more medicinal edge, very complex and long. Wow, another stunner! (2409 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, November/December 2003, IWC Issue #111
(Cadence Winery Red Wine Bel Canto Red Mountain) Subscribe to see review text.
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Cadence

Producer website

Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.

USA

WineAmerica (National Association of American Wineries) | Free the Grapes!

Washington

Washington Wine Commission | Credit to Washingtonwine.org for this article

Washington Wine
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

Wineries
With 30,000+ acres planted, the state has ideal geography and conditions for growing premium vinifera wine grapes. Primarily grown on their own root stocks, the vines produce grapes of consistent quality, resulting in strong vintages year after year. While its focus is on Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the region also produces a wide range of other spectacular whites and reds.

Growers
Winemakers from all over the world have chosen to establish themselves in Washington, where they can create wines reflecting this region's unique characteristics. Their hand-crafted wines are receiving wide acclaim from critics regionally, nationally and internationally for their consistently high quality. Many of them have received scores of 90 and above from the major wine media. Overall this is a higher percentage than other leading wine regions.

Regions
As the state's fourth largest fruit crop, the Washington wine industry is an important contributor to the long-term preservation of Washington agriculture. The industry is committed to sustainable agricultural practices and conservation of water resources.
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

Varieties
Washington produces more than 20 wine grape varieties - a ratio of 56 percent white to 44 percent red. As the industry matures and experiments, it finds many grape varieties that thrive throughout Washington's microclimates. There are more than 16,000 vineyard acres of red wine varieties statewide.

History & Vintages
Washington's wine future is limitless. As consumers discover the quality of Washington wines, demand continues to grow nationally and internationally. New acreage and wine varietals are being planted and new wineries are opening at a remarkable pace. Washington State is recognized as a premium viticultural region around the world.

State Facts
Washington's wine industry generates more than $3 billion to the state economy. It employs more than 14,000 people, directly and indirectly, with projections to add nearly 2,000 more jobs by 2006. In terms of tax revenues accrued to the state and federal government, wine grapes are among the highest tax generators of any agricultural crops. Furthermore, Washington wine tourism attracts nearly two million visitors annually contributing to the positive growth of local and regional economies.

Washington State - the perfect climate for wine = ideal growing conditions, quality wines, business innovation, lifestyle, and social responsibility. All are key elements of this world-class wine industry.

Columbia Valley

Columbia Cascade Winery Association

The Columbia Valley AVA lies mostly in Washington state, with a small section in Oregon. The Cascade Range forms its western boundary with the Palouse regions bordering the area to the east. To the north, the Okanogan National Forest forms a border with the AVA and Canada. It encompasses the valleys formed by the Columbia River and its tributaries, including the Walla Walla River, the Snake River, and the Yakima River. The Columbia valley stretches between the 46th parallel and 47th parallel which puts it in line with the well known French wine growing regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy. The northern latitude gives the areas two more hours of additional daylight during the summer growing season than wine regions of California receive. The volcanic and sandy loam soil of the valley offers good drainage and is poor in nutrients, ideal in forcing the vine to concentrate its resources into the grape clusters.

Red Mountain

WinesNW Article on Red Mountain

 
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