43% CS, 29% CF, 23% merlot, 5% PV. Needed an hour in a decanter to fully open up, but once it did, the wine exposed layers of beautiful flavors that all play together well. Tobacco, huckleberry, currant notes prevail. Just an amazing wine with food, went perfectly with grilled bison strips. Bravo Ben!
Exploring the Ciel du Cheval Vineyard (Wapato, WA): (blind) Very lively nose. As this opened in the glass, we all started to notice a distinct and utterly fascniating "ocean" or "sea breeze" note coming through on the nose. Amidst the complex fruit notes (raspberry, huckleberry), this was riveting to just sniff. Such a fresh wine, with great focus. A classy and stately wine. The overwhelming favorite.
Popped and poured. I think this is the second decade old Cadence wine I have had, and all I can say, is yes, Ben Smith really does make wines that can age well, very well. A tasting delight of the famed Ciel de Cheval vineyard, this puppy was absolutely seamless in its transition of elegant, yet lush black cherry fruit to the perfectly integrated tannic structure, it simply glided on the palate effortlessly. Any semblance of oak or barrel is way back in the rear view mirror (not that Cadence wines have ever had the rep of being 2 x 4’s), but a rich wake of minerals and just a touch of earthy, floral flavors on the finish left me really impressed. One of the better Cadence wines I have had, and a sure fire reminder of just how well these wine not only age, but improve, if simply given the time.
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