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.
Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94+pts.”
Vinous (Stephen Tanzer): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”
Vinous (Stephen Tanzer): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93+?pts.”
Wine Enthusiast (Sean Sullivan): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”
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.