2013 Cadence "Coda" Red Mountain Bordeaux Blend
Wine & Spirits
Ben Smith based this 2013 on Cabernet Franc (38 percent), the balance Cabernet Sauvignon (26 percent), Merlot (22 percent) and Petit Verdot (14 percent). Perhaps it’s the latter that gives the wine its suave purple tones, its depth of flavor. It’s likely the franc provides the gingerbread spice and gentle, mouthwatering freshness, and an elegance that Red Mountain is not known for. Despite the wine’s firm, framing tannins, this is delicious now; those tannins also provide the stuffing for ten years in the cellar.
Bright ruby-red. Lovely floral lift to the aromas of red berries and cocoa powder. Juicy, sweet and suave, conveying noteworthy purity and cut to its red fruit flavors. Really a remarkable value--and production of this entry-level wine is up to 1,250 cases in 2013. (ST)
Aromas are locked-up at present, with notes of flowers, high-toned herbs, earth, licorice and dark fruit. The palate is reserved in style, with a smooth feel and a firm squeeze of lightly dry tannins on the finish. (SS)