Cadence Red Mountain Ciel du Cheval 2007
Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Washington
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.4%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
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.
"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."
International Wine Cellar
"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 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."
The Wine Advocate
"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."
Big & Bold
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.
Ordered 12, got one left. Couldn't keep my hands off it! Love this stuff and the 07 is now hard to find. Darn.
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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.
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