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Community Tasting Notes (28) Median Score: 91 points

  • Deep red-ruby. Dark aromas of berry fruit & minerals. Very good acidity provides a European character. Tannins are still strong but not overwhelming. Not close to declining, but enjoyable now with a 1-2 hour decant. Doing very well. (Light fine sediment... nothing to worry about)

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  • Decanted briefly and filtered thinking there would be sediment, but there was just a pinch of sediment, like fine sea sand. The nose is mountain berries—strawberry, blueberry, and blackberry—and also the berry skin, as if it's been blended into a smoothie. It's sweet and feminine, but you can smell the slight bitterness of the broken fruit skin, i.e tannins. The tannins are integrated on the palate, however, and the wine seems to be at mid-maturity. It seems like a 10-year-old St. Emilion with less minerality and more sweet, blue, mountain fruit. Again, there's this blended berry textural aspect to the fruit and mouthfeel. The profile loses the strawberry on the palate but there's plenty of that mountain blueberry with lesser darker blackberry-type fruit in the background. The palate also has some soaked barrel notes, not un-integrated oak, but what seems like a permanent stain from the oak ageing, which I don't like but it doesn't detract too much from the wine itself. Best drinking probably now-2015.

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  • Like some others, I had just about given up hope of the famously intense Tapteil tannins releasing their vise-grip on whatever fruit might be left...but as of late 2011 this is drinking beautifully. The tannins are now very fine-grained, the body is silky, the dark fruits are complex and multilayered. So glad I waited, probably my best Cadence yet.

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  • Another really bad bottle.

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  • This wine obviously benefits from bottle age. Earlier, I had wondered if the fruit would outlive the firm tannins. At ten years, a beautiful bottle. Cassis and currant, some leathery earthy notes, tannins still obvious but softened. Nice balanced middle-aged American Bordeaux blend. Well done.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    November/December 2003, IWC Issue #111, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Cadence Winery Red Table Wine Tapteil Vineyard Red Mountain) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Sean Sullivan
    1/14/2010, (See more on Washington Wine Report...) **** points

    (Cadence Red Wine Taptiel Vineyard Red Mountain) Nose really pops on this wine with lots and lots of aged fruit and ground black licorice. Gorgeously textured with a number of different layers on the palate. Drinking beautifully with a long life ahead of it. 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 15% Petit Verdot.

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