Wow! I was certain this would've tipped over into the exhausted column a couple of years ago, but now I wish I had one more to try in a couple more years. Fruit is bright, tannins very nicely integrated, coffee and bitter chocolate preceding a long plummy/blackberry finish.
70% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Syrah, 4% Petit Verdot. Consumed across two days. On the first night this was bright but showing a lot of volatile acidity on the nose. Lots of chunky fruit and good freshness on the palate. I drank 1/3 of the bottle and left the remainder overnight. DAY 2: Mmm, rotisserie chicken with roasted root veg tossed with spinach, balsamic, caramelized leeks and toasted hazelnuts. Yummy! The Cadence was singing this time. Much less volatility on the nose with fruit components rising to meet it. Mostly perfume and violets now. The palate is juicy and tannic, quite chunky in the Cadence style. Kilpsun is always a bit angular as well, although this wine on release was a plush baby. Now it has shed the baby fat and shows firm tannins on a frame of vibrant acidity. Tart fruit character, mostly red fruit on the front of the palate in that Washington Merlot way. Tart but enjoyable. I like that the mid palate shows a little smoke and meat, maybe a hint of that odd 7% Syrah thrown into the blend? It helps. A nice wine. Not a world beater, but for $29 this shows love and attention and is enjoyable.
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