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2002 Cadence Klipsun Vineyard Red Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/22/2012 - futurist Likes this wine:
92 points
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.
Red
2006 Cadence Tapteil Red Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/12/2012 - futurist Likes this wine:
92 points
Tapteils are a little slow to open, but boy this was great after a couple of hours. The tannins are there, the graphite and herbal notes showed up, and the finish was well over a minute. Really eager to see where this goes over the next few years.
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Red
4/12/2012 - futurist wrote:
85 points
Nothing outstanding about this wine, nothing wrong with it either. Like most Washington Malbecs, it's kind of a generic, in-your-face fruit bomb, with a few splinters from the extra oak. I have to admit it has some nice acidity to keep things interesting. Cheap, but good.
Red
5/19/2011 - futurist wrote:
80 points
Whelmed, at best. Nose is closed, showing a little leather (much more oak). Unusual flavors carried across for a WW cab - sour pie cherries, non existent tannins... I think I spent too much on this one.
Red
10/21/2010 - futurist wrote:
92 points
Wow, popped and poured and am fairly blown away by where this wine has evolved to. Tannins are structured but not in the way, and the first note off this is violets and white pepper. The finish is Cadence's trademark savory herbs, and very long. I can't wait to see where this goes in the next few years... pretty damn fabulous.
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Red
9/26/2010 - futurist wrote:
87 points
Seemed a little dead on the nose... probably oxidized. Fruit was good, with a little of the funk in most of O•S's reds, but this Ulysses seemed brighter and more interesting when I picked it up two years ago. I'm not waiting for the second bottle to turn...
Red
2003 Cadence Tapteil Red Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/30/2010 - futurist wrote:
89 points
A repeat of Red Mountain Man's notes... a lot of the dried cherry notes and pretty tannic, but still very tasty.
Red
2005 DeLille Cellars Doyenne Aix Red Mountain Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
8/9/2010 - futurist wrote:
88 points
Decent wine, though the oak comes through a little hard on the nose (did I get splinters up there?) and seems vaguely chemical on the finish. The fruit and weight is pretty good, and overall it drinks well.
Red
4/13/2010 - futurist wrote:
87 points
Good bottle, but suspect it was over-sulfited... tannins had been tamed into submission making for a pretty thin finish on a good start.
Red
4/13/2010 - futurist wrote:
82 points
Aw, damn. It was a decent bottle picked up at an auction and saved for a nice, group event. But the wine was just a little bit better than okay, and it really didn't measure up to the estate vineyard Dunham Syrahs. Nose was fine, coming across a little reduced, but the first taste revealed a fairly generic Syrah with none of the meaty, funky qualities found in the better WW vineyards.

I'd've been fine with this if it had just been a $15 bottle to have with pizza, but the 1.5Ml bottle cost a lot more and failed to bring a party with it.
White
2/25/2010 - futurist wrote:
87 points
A mistake gone right. The residual sugar has gone bubbly but shed most of it's candy flavoring, leaving a very elegant quasi riesling. Going back to pick up three more cases for the family... hoping the bottles keep their corks (it's been a problem).
Red
2007 Sodovino So' Syrah Columbia Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah
2/25/2010 - futurist wrote:
84 points
Meh. Nose was good, showing some Northern Rhone potential but the fruit didn't really show up and the finish was short
Rosé
2008 Cadence Coda Rosé Red Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/16/2010 - futurist wrote:
89 points
Really enjoyed the slight frissé and roundness of the cab franc with our dinner of scallops and prosciutto.
Red
2005 Cadence Tapteil Red Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/13/2010 - futurist wrote:
91 points
Dang, that Tapteil is good. The nose shows pepper, cedar, vibrant fruit and dust. Something about the Tapteil vines and Ben Smith's even hand at blending makes the Red Mountain dust shine through the fruit... like drinking a brightly fruity glass full of graphite. Polishing off the second half the next day told me I should've decanted the first day. Beautiful tannins, though still pretty firm - my last bottle of the '05 will sit in the cellar for another 3-5 years before I'm allowed to touch it.
Red
2006 Sodovino Red Wine Columbia Valley Red Blend
2/13/2010 - futurist wrote:
87 points
Good red table blend, with dark fruits, leather and blueberries on the nose. Mid-palette offered Rainier cherries, moderate tannins and a reasonably long finish. Noticed a slightly funky, meaty quality to the nose and the finish... decided I liked it, that it might've been deliberate.
Red
2002 Cadence Bel Canto Red Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/31/2009 - futurist wrote:
90 points
A little VA when opened, much better after 2 hr decanting. A little tight at first but great presence in the mid-palette and decent finish.

Interesting thing was comparing it to the 06 Bel Canto... Basically the same percentages of CF and Merlot, but the Cara Mia vineyard's fruit was more complex and had a much longer finish despite it's youth.
Red
12/14/2009 - futurist wrote:
86 points
Improved over the last bottle, opened late 2007. Nose was fresh and interesting, palate didn't quite measure up. Finish was short.
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