Full Pull Cadence

Hello friends. It has been marvelous over the past few years to see Cadence receive the acclaim the winery has long deserved, as well as some serious sales momentum. Slightly scary, too, because now we need to jump in nice and early on Ben Smith’s wines. (For example: I know we’ll get inquiries about Coda, since we get them every time we send out a Cadence offer. The 2013 is long-since sold out. I don’t think it lasted five months after its late-spring release. We should be seeing the 2014 soon.)

The 2012 vintage (outstanding across all of Washington) has been the most celebrated of Ben’s career. We began by offering Cadence’s two estate wines – Bel Canto and Camerata – last December (Camerata is sold out, and Bel Canto is getting close; we’ll include a last-call reoffer at the bottom today), and we’re back today with the remainder of the Cadence lineup, single-vineyard wines from Ciel du Cheval and Tapteil on Red Mountain. 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 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard
Ben always crafts a Ciel bottling that is a quintessential expression of the vineyard, both in its aromas – red cherry, orange peel, cocoa powder, dusty earth – and in its palate texture: bright, spicy, and chock full of verve and energy. Even in a warmer vintage, Ben can’t help but craft a wine pulsing with elegance and a robust sense of earthiness.

Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94+pts.”

Vinous (Stephen Tanzer): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”

2012 Cadence Tapteil Vineyard
Tapteil is a bit lesser known on Red Mountain than sites like Ciel and Klipsun, and it is a beautiful vineyard with a dark, sultry heart. The spine of this (56%) is 1985-planted Cabernet Sauvignon (the remainder is Merlot and Cabernet Franc). Even by Red Mountain standards, Tapteil is a windy site, and those Cabernet berries develop extra-thick skins to compensate, leading to wines with powerful tannic structure. In other hands, those tannins can get a little out of control. In Ben’s hands, they are managed capably, always adding a lovely toothsome quality, a rusticity, to the Tapteil bottling. This is a brooder right now, its blackcurrant fruit currently hidden behind imposing walls of structure and tarry minerality. But oh the pleasure that awaits the patient!

Vinous (Stephen Tanzer): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93+?pts.”

Wine Enthusiast (Sean Sullivan): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”

2012 Cadence Bel Canto Cara Mia Vineyard
Originally offered December 6, 2015, and this is last call, as the winery is down to its last pallet. Excerpts from the original:

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.

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.”

Please limit order requests to 24 bottles total, 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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