Cadence Red Mountain Taptiel 2010
Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
Tapteil, n. a. Yakama, narrow river, b. Red Mountain vineyard named for its site above the Yakima River where the Tapteilmin lived, c. Cadence blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grown on Tapteil Vineyard.
The nose bursts with red fruit and cinnamon bark. There are ripe flavors of cherries and strawberries with a streak of dusty minerality. The palate carries a riper feel to it than Ciel, not in alcoholic weight but in the maturity of the fruit flavors. It is broad shouldered and built for the long run with firm tannins that will soften with a couple years of age.
The Wine Advocate - "Starting the 2010s and a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc and 14% Merlot, the 2010 Tapteil Vineyard is a beauty! Fragrant and perfumed, it offers up a great bouquet of black and blue fruits, wild herbs and big floral and violet-like qualities to go with a full-bodied, voluptuously textured and rich palate. Layered, concentrated and brilliantly defined on the finish, this rock-solid Bordeaux blend has the fruit to be enjoyable now, yet will evolve gracefully for 10-12 years. "
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "Saturated, bright full red. A bit redder on the nose than the Ciel du Cheval bottling, with notes of raspberry and strawberry syrup accented by dusty minerality. Then fatter, richer and more powerful in the mouth, showing more breadth and texture than the Ciel but not quite the same floral cut. Concentrated red fruit and spice flavors are joined by earth tones on the long finish, which features strong, building tannins.
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About Yakima Valley
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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