Deep maroon. Great nose of dark cherry and espresso bean. Full bodied, but showing lovely evolution. Bright red fruit along with tobacco leaf and some earthiness. Still showing plenty of acidity and boasts a firm tannic backbone. Long finish.
This was my last 2000 CdC - The impression is that these will not age as long as some of Ben's other wines (e.g. Tapteil), however, there was no fall-off in this at all. A very smooth and balanced cab blend. I love Cadence, but don't buy as much of it as I should. I am not on the mail list, and this shows up sporadically in the retail market.
My bottle, too, showed cork staining to the top and I feared the worst upon opening...but not to worry. Inky purple coloring, with just the slightest bricking. Black fruits and roses on the nose. Palate is dominated by more black fruits, tobacco, and some spicy oak, but what stands out is the impeccable balance and uber-silky body. Tannins are gone, but I can see this still being delicious 5 years from now.
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(Cadence "Ciel du Cheval") Wow! What a discovery. This stuff is unbelievable. For a new winery to come out of the gates like this is really something. Granted this is their third release . . . the first one I have tasted. Nose of green olive, blackberry, pepper, tar, bitter chocolate. So aromatic. Incredibly ripe on the palate with jammy black fruits and great complexity. The fruit is almost jammy like a Zinfandel. So supple. Firms up on the finish but time will mellow that. The tannins though are incredibly ripe. This will age like great Bordeaux from a very ripe year. Expresses the Red Mountain terroir. Uniquely Washington. I am hooked on this winery and will follow them closely from now on. It is amazing to taste a wine made from traditional varietals like Cab, Merlot and Cab Franc that has such a unique expression.
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