2005 Cadence "Klipsun Vineyard" Red Mountain Washington Red Wine (Previously $45)

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90 points from Wine Spectator: "Firm in texture, with layers of currant, spice and savory flavors that mingle in the mouth and linger well as the finish rolls on. Needs time to soften, but it's close to opening up. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best after 2009. 270 cases made." (Mar. 31, 2007) 90 points from the Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Klipsun is composed of 82% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon. Dark ruby-colored, it offers an expressive bouquet of wood smoke, earth notes, red currants, and black cherry. This is followed by a medium to full-bodied wine with a supple texture, good depth, and considerable elegance. It will evolve for several years and be at its best from 2012 to 2020." (Jun 2008) From Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red. Aromas of plum syrup, redcurrant, boysenberry and nutty oak. Fat, round and sweet, with good breadth and subtle suggestions of plum, mocha and tobacco leaf. The dusty, broad tannins build on the back but avoid dryness, allowing the finish to express itself. Incidentally, beginning with the 2006 vintage, Ben Smith will be working solely with Tapteil, Ciel du Cheval and his own Cara Mia estate vineyard next to Tapteil, where he has 8.5 acres under vine at a relatively dense 3 foot by 8 foot spacing." (Nov/Dec 07)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.