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June 201494 The 2011 Camerata is the Cabernet Sauvignon dominated blend that’s all from the estate Cara Mia Vineyard. Incorporating 7% each of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot and spending 23 months in roughly 50% new French oak, it’s a thrilling 2011 that makes the most of the vintage. Loaded with red and black currants, black cherry, dried spices, toast and graphite, this medium to full-bodied effort has a stacked mid-palate, masses of ripe tannin, and a savory, chewy finish. It will be better in another couple of years and be long lived. Winemaker Ben Smith continues to fashion classic, old school and age-worthy Bordeaux blends from his Seattle based winery. Focusing all on Red Mountain fruit, he has an entry level Coda cuvee, two regular releases (Ciel du Cheval and Tapteil Vineyard) and two reserve releases (Camerata and Bel Canto) that see additional time in barrel. Despite being the reserve wines, I find his other two single vineyard releases just as compelling. The 2012s are fantastic here and the wines show the purity and freshness of the vintage, yet have the classical, structured and savory feel that’s present in all of Ben’s wines.
International Wine Cellar
December 201492+ (79% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 7% each Merlot, petit verdot and Cabernet Franc): Bright red-ruby. Lovely lift to the focused fruit aromas of redcurrant, cherry and blueberry. Juicier and tighter today than the Tapteil blend and yet this already displays a silky seamlessness of texture for all its power and muscle. A great performance for vines that were eight years old in 2011. Finishes very bright, fresh and long, with a lingering note of cocoa powder.
Sean P. Sullivan
March 1, 201592 This wine is 79% Cabernet Sauvignon with the rest equal parts Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. It offers brooding notes of dried herbs, cassis, spicebox, blackberry and anise. Flavors are rich yet refined with mouthwatering acids and exquisitely polished tannins.