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A Decade Old 2006 Cadence, Bel Canto


The 2006 Cadence, Bel Canto, Cara Mia Vineyard, Red Mountain represents the first bottling of Bel Canto where all of the fruit came from the Cara Mia Vineyard.  This 10.5 acre vineyard was planted on Red Mountain in 1997.  The wine itself is an homage to Cheval Blanc given the blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot.  I cannot speak to any similarity in flavor, I have only drunk Cheval Blanc once or twice, but there is certainly no shortage of flavor!  It takes a few hours for the wine to show better flavor definition but it still pleases from the start.  The blue and black fruits provide plenty of mouthfeel which lets you experience the generosity a wine from Washington state may have without dialing it to 11.  This wine was purchased many years ago in Seattle.

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2006 Cadence, Bel Canto, Cara Mia Vineyard, Red Mountain
This wine is a blend of 52% Cabernet Franc and 48% Merlot.  Alcohol 14.4%.  There is a juicy fruit start followed by ample ripe, dense, and almost grainy fruit.  It is Cabernet Franc on steroids.    With air, the cool blue and black fruit shows variety character with some ripe greenhouse notes.  It is a powerful wine but not overdone.  The structure of sweet ripe tannins with spiced flavors is only apparent in the aftertaste.  *** Now – 2018.

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