Cadence Red Mountain Tapteil 2007
Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot. This is our tenth bottling of Larry and Jane Pearson's superb vineyard, and a wonderful decade has it been! Altogether deeper black fruit than Ciel du Cheval combined with a powerful sense of Tapteil dust, a signature trait of this vineyard. There is a solid core of massive blackberry and black plum fruit. The freshness of the vintage is present in the slight orange peel accents on the palate. The tannins are typically Tapteil: big, ripe, long and dense. This needs a steak like fish need water.
International Wine Cellar - "Good deep red. Enticing aromas of currant, blackberry, black cherry, cured tobacco, fresh herbs, minerals and chocolate, lifted by menthol and fresh rose elements. Suave, layered and sweet, with a silky, seamless texture and an intriguing saline quality. This really spreads out to coat the palate with red fruit, graphite and mineral flavors. The Cadence wines have gained in richness and fullness in the past few vintages without any loss of balance or freshness. Finishes pliant, broad and long, with very suave but serious tannins and impressive energy."
Wine & Spirits - "Warm and generous, this is a lush and satisfying wine with ripe cherry notes and a hint of wood. The juicy flavors on the palate darken to a blueberry note, the tannins firm but not overbearing. The finish hints at a mild note of rosemary. Impressive stuff, for rosemary'd lamb chops. "
Wine Spectator - "Dark, dense and chewy with tannins, not heavy but packed with black cherry, licorice, black pepper and roasted meat flavors, lingering on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Best from 2011 through 2017. 440 cases made."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Taptiel Vineyard is composed of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Cabernet Franc, and 11% Merlot aged in 40% new French oak for 18 months. Aromas of mineral, damp earth, herbs, sage, cassis and black currant lead to a medium to full-bodied wine with incipient complexity. Savory, smooth-textured, well-balanced, and with enough structure to evolve for 3-4 years, this firm, lengthy offering will be in its prime from 2013 to 2027. "
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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 Columbia Valley
Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which helps the vines survive the harsh winters.
Notable FactsMerlot is the most popular and most planted grape of the area, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Syrah and Riesling are also popular and continue to grow in acreage.
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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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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