53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc
Powerful Tapteil dust, with deep blue and black fruits complimented by spice on the nose.The palate reflects the aromas, carrying waves of plum fruit and spice through a long finish. There is enough acidity to keep Tapteil fresh, and the tannins are quite fine, powerful and long. Another powerhouse showing from our oldest vineyard.
"As it was in the 2005 vintage, the 2006 Taptiel Vineyard is my favorite among the Cadence offerings. It is composed of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, and 15% Cabernet Franc from vines planted in 1985. Dark ruby-colored, it offers up a complex perfume of pain grille, pencil lead, incense, black cherry, and black currant. Rich, dense, and layered on the palate, it manages to combine elegance with power. Structured and well-balanced, it will evolve for 5-7 years and offer a drinking window extending from 2015 to 2026.
The Wine Advocate
"Good red-ruby. Plum, cassis and roast coffee on the nose; less fruity today than the Ciel du Cheval bottling. Then richer, sweeter and denser in the mouth, with an almost glyceral texture for a wine from this producer. The mouthfeel here could hardly be more different from the Ciel. There's a lushness and terrific breadth to the sweet berry flavors that reminded me of a top California cabernet, but with no shortage of energy. The spreading finish features a note of dried tarragon. This is carrying 14.7% alcohol and was aged in 40% new oak."
International Wine Cellar
"The Tapteil vineyard designate is 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cab Franc and 32% Merlot, from vines that are now 20 years old. With each new vintage the wine seems to gain in detail as a result. Tapteil fruit is distinguished by a distinctive dustiness, and sports an elegant structure whoselightness belies its power. With its spicy, acidic berry flavors, and hints of smoke and leather, this has an Italian personality as well."