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June 201595 I think the most approachable in the lineup, the 2012 Bel Canto has a complex, perfumed style in its dried flowers, dried spices, vanilla and black cherry and black raspberry-like fruit profile. A blend of 84% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot that spent 20 months in 50% new French oak, it’s full-bodied, concentrated and structured on the palate, yet has perfect balance and a great texture. Few in the US are doing Cabernet Franc better this, and I suspect it will hold nicely for 15-20 years. These latest releases from Ben Smith at Cadence are the best I’ve tasted from him. They all have classic Red Mountain characters, yet also have lots of finesse and elegance as well. While I normally don’t find much qualitative differences between his estate-vineyard releases (Cara Mia and Bel Canto) and his other two single-vineyard releases, in 2012 I thought the estate vineyard wines excelled. Lovers of Bordeaux variety wines need to get on this estate’s bandwagon ASAP.
Wine Enthusiast93 Cabernet Franc (84%) takes the lead on this wine with the balance equal parts Merlot and Petit Verdot. It opens with aromas of flowers, dried herbs, earth and mineral. The mouthfeel is dazzling, showing depth and intensity, with enough structure to go the distance.
November 201593+ Good dark red. Deep nose offers scents of cherry, plum, spices and stony minerality. Silky, tactile and thick; a bit muted today but offers great sweetness of fruit and a saline suggestion of strong dry extract. Quite powerful, and tighter today than the Camerata, which is not typical. Finishes with a superb tannic spine and outstanding persistence. Offers splendid long-term aging potential. This wine spent 23 months in 50% new oak from Taransaud, Darnajou and Sylvain.
November 30, 201592 Firm and chewy, with tannins around a sleek core of licorice-accented blackberry and currant fruit that keeps welling up as the finish persists with elegance. Harmonious. Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2018 through 2022. 290 cases made.