Cadence Red Mountain Tapteil 2006
Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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.
The Wine Advocate - "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. "
International Wine Cellar - "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."
Wine Enthusiast - "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."
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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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