Consumed over 4 hours. Came out of the gates swinging and seemed to shut down a bit becoming more dense and tannic with air. Bright red fruit and a solid acidic core take center stage with this extremely youthful wine. Underlying floral are notes compounded by a minty tobacco and a savory herabaciousness that show impressive complexity on the mid palate and inish. The purity of red fruit here is especially impressive but this a very young wine. Hold 5 years minimum - 93+.
Knightsbridge Bordeaux and US Cabernet Tasting (Northbrook, IL): Tasting, brief note. 39% Cab Franc really comes through with some intriguing gamy and barnyard hints. Very good power to start, seemed to lose some steam rather quickly in the middle, but i expect this will come into greater harmony in a few more years. Easily 90+ point potential.
Had next to the 2010 Tapteil which is more Cab Sauv based. Loved the Cab Franc out of this one and the green, earthy big tough tones it had. Great with the sausage and ribs. This isn't as smooth and the tannins definitely need a lot more time..Very nice though and will be buying more Cadence
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(Cadence Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Wine Red Mountain) Tight as a drum right now, it opens to reveal outrageous minerality, plum, dark cherries, chocolate, violets, and graphite. The palate is highly structured, supple in feel with firm, slightly dry tannins. Needs a long rest in the cellar. 39% Cabernet Franc, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Petit Verdot, and 11% Merlot. 14.4% alcohol. Sample provided by winery.
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