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. And the buzz just keeps building. For example, here is Stephen Tanzer’s opening quote about Cadence, published last week as part of his annual set of Washington reviews for Vinous:
With that lovely preamble, from both Tanzer and Ben Smith himself, we present the first of Cadence’s 2013 single vineyard wines, the pair from Ben’s estate Cara Mia Vineyard on Red Mountain:
Those of us who love Bel Canto love it, I think, for its profound Cabernet Franc character. Here Franc is 75% of the blend (the remainder Merlot), and the grape dazzles with its savory green and floral complexities, contributing poblano and arugula and dried flowers to a core of red and black fruits. Texturally, this is as classy as ever; clearly there is a confident hand and a clear point of view at work here.
Vinous (Stephen Tanzer): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.” [Tanzer context note: out of 634 reviews published in last week’s annual Vinous blast, only 19 wines earned stronger marks (two @ 96pts, six @ 95pts, eleven @ 94pts); mostly the folks you’d expect: Quilceda Creek and Cayuse, Leonetti and Corliss and Betz, etc.]
Normally Camerata has a very high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2013 it still makes up the preponderance of the blend, but only barely, at 40% (the remainder is 30% Franc and 20% Merlot and 10% PV). Side note: that probably means there was a healthy chunk of Cara Mia Cabernet Sauvignon in the 2013 Coda, which helps explain why that particular wine was so damned good. This version of Camerata still possesses plenty of Cabernet character, with cassis and black plum fruit overlain with a lovely minty-fresh eucalyptus topnote. Graphitic minerality and star anise spice emerge with time and air, only upping the ante of complexity. This is exotic, elegant, and clearly structured for long-term evolution.
Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.”
Please limit order requests to 24 bottles total (mix and match as you like), 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.