2005 Cadence "Bel Canto" Red Mountain Washington Red Wine
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Cadence’s version of the legendary Cheval Blanc is the 2005 Bel Canto, a blend of 50% Cabernet Franc, 42% Merlot, and 8% Petit Verdot, a selection of the best barrels of these grape varieties in the cellar. Saturated crimson in color, it presents an expressive bouquet of pain grille, pencil lead, espresso roast, black cherry, and plum. This is followed by a wine with superb grip, a smooth palate-feel, layers of ripe fruit, and a 45-second finish. Give it 5-7 years of further bottle age and drink it through 2030.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good medium-deep red. Blacker fruits on the nose, along with chocolate and tarry oak nuances. Lush and dense in texture but with excellent energy and lift; this round, sweet blend really expands in the mouth. I found Saint-Emilion-like notes of plum, milk chocolate, coffee, spices and dried herbs, all firmed by subtle minerality. Not at all a blockbuster, but this boasts a very suave middle palate. Finishes with broad, ripe tannins and subtle persistence. Like the Tapteil bottling, this showed an explosive chocolatey character with extended aeration while maintaining its firm spine. This was made mostly from Tapteil and Ciel du Cheval fruit, with a bit of Klipsun merlot added.
Firm in texture, with a real sense of elegance behind the juicy blackberry, licorice and herb flavors, which mingle seamlessly on the focused finish, lingering well. Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2010 through 2015.
Wine & Spirits
This blend-mostly cabernet franc and merlot-has generous, intense black cherry scents. The franc is driving the wine at the moment, its ripe red fruit flavors maintaining a firm grip. Give it some cellar time to settle into itself.
Dark in color and plushly scented, this shows fruit and earth. Upon opening it remains quite tight and slightly hot in the finish; it needs to be decanted early. As it opens up it begins to show some pretty rose petal/floral aromas; the cherry and cassis fruit is wrapped in licorice and smoke, and the tannins are substantial but ripe and rounded off, with soft, chocolatey finish.