Full Pull Cadence

Hello friends. During the past few years, we’ve watched as Ben Smith’s Cadence has steadily built momentum, to the point where, this year, it had really started to feel like Cadence was having a moment. And that was *before* the reviews starting coming in for the 2012s.

[One quick example, from Jeb Dunnuck of Wine Advocate: [TEXT WITHHELD]

Once the dust of all the reviews settled, a few things became clear. First, that 2012 would be the most decorated vintage of Ben Smith’s career. And second, that Cadence’s 2012s would be as difficult to source as any vintage heretofore.

The big reviews all came out before the winery even released these wines, so when they did make it to their release (in early November), their mailing list was waiting to pounce. Fortunately, due to our list’s long support of the winery, our friends at Cadence have set aside parcels of the two 2012 wines in the shortest supply. We get one shot at this duo, which are both effectively sold out.

Both wines come from Cadence’s outstanding estate site on Red Mountain (Cara Mia Vineyard), and both come from the epic 2012 vintage. Ben made it a point to note that the historical average on Red Mountain is 2874 growing degree days (a measure of the warmth of a vintage), and 2012 came in at 2875 GDD. That’s about as close to a down-the-middle vintage as you can get, and Ben has turned it into something remarkable.

2012 Cadence Bel Canto Cara Mia Vineyard

Wine Enthusiast (Sean Sullivan): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.” [Note: this is as strong a review as Sean has given a Washington BDX Blend in Wine Enthusiast; some others that share 94pt reviews in this category include 2012 Figgins Red ($85), 2008 Cote Bonneville DuBrul ($120), and 2012 Leonetti Reserve ($150).]

Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 95pts.”

I believe this is as high a proportion of Cabernet Franc as Bel Canto has ever seen, and the result is a dazzling beauty, full of flowers and stony minerals and mole poblano to complement a core of pure red and black fruits. The energy and intensity here is outrageous. This is grace and power in a single package. This is an exquisite expression of Cabernet Franc.

2012 Cadence Camerata Cara Mia Vineyard 

Vinous (Stephen Tanzer): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.”

Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 95pts.” [Note: this is the strongest review ever earned by Cadence from Wine Spectator.]

Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 95pts.”

What more needs to be said? (Maybe a little). A tightly wound powerhouse that could easily be labeled Cabernet Sauvignon if Ben wanted to, this is an exotically spiced marvel, with a core of blackcurrant fruit and stony minerality. The balance, stuffing, and structure all suggest a wine that will evolve in fascinating directions. I’d feel comfortable setting a case aside and opening one bottle every two years for the next twenty-five years.

Please limit order request to 12 bottles of each wine, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wines should arrive in a week or two, at which point they will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

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