Two 2007s from Cadence

Hello friends. There is a special vineyard taking root on Red Mountain. Beneath the young vines of Cara Mia Vineyard sits a jumbled mix of sandy loam, cobblestones, and clay. Much of Red Mountain is homogeneous sandy loam, so the heterogeneity of this site (well up Red Mountain; see its location here) presented a beautiful challenge to vineyard manager Ryan Johnson (you may remember him as the vineyard manager for Ciel du Cheval and one of the partners in Grand Reve) and winemaker Ben Smith. They took no shortcuts. They dug 31 separate 8-foot-deep pits, mapped the varying soil types across the vineyard, and using that data matched soil type to varietal, planting 10.5 acres in 2004.

So the 2007 vintage was just fourth-leaf for this vineyard, making the impressive results that much more stunning. It would come as no surprise to me if, in five years, we’re talking about Cara Mia in the same breath as Ciel and Klipsun; the potential is that high. (Note: If you want to geek out on the vineyard more, our offering of the 2006 Camerata goes on at some length).

Ben Smith is a Red Mountain savant. Having already worked with fruit from Ciel, Klipsun, and Tapteil Vineyards for years, he now has his own estate site to control from vine to glass. And the results are pure Red Mountain magic

2007 Cadence “Bel Canto” Cara Mia Vineyard

Ben crafts a grand total of two wines from Cara Mia: a left-bank Bordeaux blend and a right-bank Bordeaux blend. Bel Canto is the right-bank blend, dominated by Cab Franc and Merlot. Floral and leafy, this wine is like a walk in the springtime woods. As always with Cadence wines, the tannin management is exceptional, adding a finishing lick of fine-grained green tea.

Only 11 red wines from Washington have ever scored better from Stephen Tanzer (a series of 95s and one 96 for Cayuse, Quilceda Creek, Betz, and Leonetti), and this wine has been well-received by Jay Miller and Rand Sealey as well:

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (Stephen Tanzer): ” ($55); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.”

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (Jay Miller): “($55); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”

Review of Washington Wines (Rand Sealey): “($55); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 19+/20pts.”

2007 Cadence “Camerata” Cara Mia Vineyard

The left-bank blend, Camerata could legally be labeled Cabernet Sauvignon, as the grape represents a full 85% of the blend. Darkly-profiled and stunningly-structured, this showcases the raw power of Red Mountain and its wall of black-tea tannins. Oh, the splendors ahead for those of us with the patience to lay this bottle down for a few years.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (Jay Miller): “($55); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (Stephen Tanzer): “($55); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 92(+?)pts.”

Review of Washington Wines (Rand Sealey): “($55); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 19+/20pts.”

Please limit order requests to 12 bottles total (mix and match as you see fit). We’ll do our best to fulfill all requests, and the wines should arrive at the warehouse in about a week, at which point they will be available for pickup or shipping during the spring shipping window.

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