This is a well made wine in terms of structure but I think it lacks that certain something which makes wine desirable. I sipped on it over the course of four hours having food with it between hours two and three. It never impressed. Almost sweet in a way. Alcohol was mild. Maybe it's just not my style.
More "right bank" blends like this would be welcome. Nose is a bit shut down, but the wine emerges subtly & beautifully on the palate w/ red & blue fruit. Very soft mouthfeel w/ characteristic silky CF tannins. Not quite ready to drink, but as with all Cadence wines will blossom beautifully.
Opened and decanted 2+ hours ahead of Memorial Day dinner of seared Wagyu NY Strips, pan-fried crab cakes, and mixed salads. Deep, cloudy crimson color. The bright, Burgundian nose brings a potent mixture of cherries, raspberries, strawberries, menthol, mint, eucalyptus, herbs, spices, roses, violets, funk, and hints of old leather. The full-bodied palate is still a little hard, bringing more ripe cherries, candied raspberries, rhubarb, blackberries, and baked apple pie, which leads into an outstanding 45-60-second finish of creamy strawberry custard and sweet herbs. This guy combines the pure finesse of a Pinot with the brut power of a young, ripe Cab, and is absolutely delicious. Definitely one of the best 2010 WA Cabs I've had and will be best 2015-2025.
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(Cadence Bel Canto Cara Mia Vineyard Red Mountain) An aromatically compelling wine with earth, floral notes, mineral, strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. The palate is seamless, textured, and restrained with beautifully integrated tannins and a thirty-plus second finish. A classic Bordeaux-style blend with a long life ahead of it. Give at least three years. 77% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, and 8% Petit Verdot. 14.4% alcohol. Sample provided by winery.
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