Cadence Red Mountain Ciel du Cheval 2007
Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Washington
39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc, 13% Merlot, 13% Petit Verdot.
Super sensuous aromatics of spice and blueberries. Cool, brisk flavors of berries and plums leavened by bright acidity. There are many layers here, waiting to unfold with time in the glass. The finish caresses the palate with deep fruit and very fine grained long tannins. This will age gracefully for a decade or longer.
International Wine Cellar - "Good dark red. Red fruits, licorice and rose petal on the reticent nose. Sweet, complex and suave, with captivating floral lift to the sappy red fruit and mineral flavors. A sexy and refined wine, delivering excellent density of material without any sense of weight. The pure, primary finish is classically broad and dry, featuring fine-grained tannins and harmonious acids that leave the taste buds vibrating."
Wine Spectator - "Firm in texture, with fine tannins around a plush core of red berry, cherry and watermelon. Finishes tight and focused, lingering with hints of wet bark and licorice. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2012 through 2017."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard is a blend of 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc, 13% Merlot, and 13% Petit Verdot which received the same elevage as the Taptiel bottling. Dark ruby in color with a bouquet of cedar, Asian spices, herbs, incense, cassis, and black currant are followed by a supple-textured wine with loads of spicy fruit, good volume, and enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years. Enjoy this lengthy offering form 2014 to 2027."
Wine Enthusiast - "A strong vintage at a star vineyard brings a tight, chewy wine of great character. Black and blue fruits, a firm and full vein of mineral and graphite, and an overriding sense of restrained power. This is a wine that may require some years in the bottle to open up, but with decanting can be enjoyed immediately."
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Cadence is dedicated to showcasing the finest vineyard sites in Washington State. Their Bordeaux-styled blends are their interpretation of the best qualities reflected in Washington's greatest vineyard terroir. Cadence's winemaking philosophy is based on the belief that blending creates a balanced wine of greater character than the individual components. Their wines express the power, intensity or elegance of the vineyard reflected in the characteristics of the varietals on the vineyard site. View all Cadence Wines
About Yakima ValleyView a map of Yakima Valley wineries
Washington's first appellation, Yakima Valley has over one third of the state's vineyards. The rolling foothills of the Cascades give the vines a good sun angle, so grapes are well-ripened come harvest time. Merlot dominates the plantings here, creating elegant wines with complex fruit, herbs & structure. Syrah continues to grow in popularity, creating blanced wines with spicy black fruit.A few smaller, but notable appellations that lie within or just outside of Yakima Valley include:
Rattlesnake Hills, which gained AVA status in 2006, lies in the north with 17 wineries.
Horse Heaven Hills, another recent sub-appellation hugs the south end of Yakima and is known for its outstanding vineyard sites that create incredible and collectible red wines.
Red Mountain, known for its intense and delicious reds, is located on the eastern side of Yakima Valley.
About WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
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5 ratings, 2 with reviewsbonita mujer - Sacramento, CA59/3/2011
I can't forget exquisite this wine was. Here is what you should know about this Washington state bordeaux red blend: Layered with the bouquet and tastes of berry, plum, flowers, and CHOCOLATE! Definitely complex and with a long silky finish. I don't like to exaggerate, so when I tell you that this was Nirvana to my taste buds, it WAS. Pricey for a special occasion.49/7/2011Ordered 12, got one left. Couldn't keep my hands off it! Love this stuff and the 07 is now hard to find. Darn.48/30/201157/14/201124/19/2011
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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