Sign In

2012 Cadence Bel Canto Cara Mia Vineyard

Light label condition issue

ITEM 8315019 - Removed from a subterranean, temperature and humidity controlled residential cellar

Bidder Amount Total
qiata $52 $52
JB Ferra… $51 $0
Item Sold Amount Date
I8315019 1 $52 Jul 10, 2022
Front Item Photo


95The Wine Advocate

...complex, perfumed style in its dried flowers, dried spices, vanilla and black cherry and black raspberry-like fruit’s full-bodied, concentrated and structured on the palate, yet has perfect balance and a great texture.

94Wine Enthusiast

It opens with aromas of flowers, dried herbs, earth and mineral. The mouthfeel is dazzling, showing depth and intensity...

93+ Stephen Tanzer

Deep nose offers scents of cherry, plum, spices and stony minerality. Silky, tactile and thick...offers great sweetness of fruit and a saline suggestion of strong dry extract... Finishes with a superb tannic spine and outstanding persistence.

92Wine Spectator

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.



Cadence was started in 1997 when Ben Smith and Gaye McNutt purchased 10.5 acres on Red Mountain in Eastern Washington. Smith trained as an engineer and McNutt as an attorney, but the couple wanted to make Bordeaux-style wines in very small amounts. Typically Cadence produces about 2,400 cases a year of Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines. The name of the winery comes from the couple’s deep interest in classical music and individual sports requiring cadence, or endurance for the long haul. Wine Advocate has noted that “Winemaker Ben Smith continues to fashion classic, old school and age-worthy Bordeaux blends from his Seattle based winery.”


United States, Washington, Yakima Valley, Red Mountain

Yakima Valley AVA was the first AVA created in Washington State. The valley, a 600,000-acre area in south central Washington, was granted AVA status in 1983. In 1984 Columbia Valley was given AVA status, and Yakima Valley was enclosed within the Columbia Valley AVA. Nevertheless, Yakima Valley remains home to the largest concentration of vineyards and wineries in the state. There are more than 60 wineries and some 16,000 vineyard acres, and nearly 40% of Washington wines are made with Yakima Valley grapes. The most frequently planted grape is Chardonnay, followed by Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaking here dates to 1869, when a winemaker from Alsace planted grape vines. Vineyard planting and wine production plodded along slowly until the early 1980s when numerous modern pioneers started making well-reviewed Yakima Valley wines. Some of the state’s newest, most closely watched appellations, including Red Mountain AVA and Horse Heaven Hills AVA, are contained within Yakima Valley.