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Cadence Ciel du Cheval 2010

Bordeaux Red Blends from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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14.4% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Bright medium red. Pungent aromas of red berries, blueberry and sandalwood lifted by a violet high tone. Very pure and penetrating, boasting superb fruit intensity and precision. Finishes firmly tannic, perfumed and very long, with excellent vinosity and grip. A lovely pure expression of Ciel du Cheval terroir.

Blend: 39% Cabernet Franc, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Petit Verdot and 11% Merlot

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RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Showing more spice box, graphite, resin, dried flowers and both red and black fruits, the 2010 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard (39% Cabernet Franc, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Petit Verdot and 11% Merlot) is medium to full-bodied, rich and mouth-filling, with solid mid-palate depth, juicy acidity and ample tannin. Possessing the richness and texture that’s present in all of Ben’s wines, it can be enjoyed now or cellared for 5-7 years.
WS 91
Wine Spectator
Fresh and vibrant, this deftly balances its red berry, floral and lime flavors in a sleek package. Refined tannins run under a lively finish. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot.
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Cadence

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Cadence, Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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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.

Red Mountain

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A coveted source of top quality red grapes among premier Washington producers, the Red Mountain AVA is actually the smallest appellation in the state. As its name might suggest, it is actually neither a mountain nor is it composed of red earth. Instead the appellation is an anticline of the Yakima fold belt, a series of geologic folds that define a number of viticultural regions in the surrounding area. It is on the eastern edge of Yakima Valley with slopes facing southwest towards the Yakima River, ideal for the ripening of grapes. The area’s springtime proliferation of cheatgrass, which has a reddish color, actually gives the area the name, "Red" Mountain.

Red Mountain produces some of the most mineral-driven, tannic and age-worthy red wines of Washington and there are a few reasons for this. It is just about the hottest appellation with normal growing season temperatures commonly reaching above 90F. The soil is particularly poor in nutrients and has a high pH, which results in significantly smaller berry sizes compared to varietal norms. The low juice to skin ratio in smaller berries combined with the strong, dry summer winds, leads to higher tannin levels in Red Mountain grapes.

The most common red grape varieties here are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, among others. Limited white varieties are grown, namely Sauvignon blanc.

The reds of the area tend to express dark black and blue fruit, deep concentration, complex textures, high levels of tannins and as previously noted, have good aging capabilities.

Bordeaux Blends

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington, and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde river, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

In the Glass

Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux can be bold and fruit-forward or restrained and earthy, while New World facsimiles tend to emulate the former style. In general, Bordeaux red blends can have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

Perfect Pairings

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful, and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb, or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secret

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or virtually any other grape deemed worthy by the winemaker. In Australia, Shiraz is a common component.

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