2005 Cadence "Bel Canto" Red Mountain Washington Red Wine

SKU #1034873 94 points 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.  (6/ 2008)

92 points 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.  (11/ 2007)

92 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (3/ 2008)

91 points 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.  (10/ 2008)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (5/ 2008)

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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.
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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.
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Washington

- 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.