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2016 Cadence Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red

ITEM 8319993 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar; Purchased from a private collector

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I8332052 1 $26 Jul 17, 2022
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94Jeb Dunnuck

...concentrated, focused, firm style as well as loads of crème de cassis, graphite rocks, and graphite. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated, and balanced...

93Stephen Tanzer

...scents of cassis, blueberry, redcurrant, dark chocolate and tobacco leaf. Wonderfully plush and classically dry, with dark berry and bitter chocolate flavors enlivened by hints of menthol and fresh herbs.

92Wine Enthusiast

...notes of scorched earth, flower, black currant, anise and herb. Exquisitely balanced, structured fruit flavors follow.

91The Wine Advocate

...core of blackberry and cassis on the nose, with a dusty, almost rustic expression of subtle oak tones layered with rocky soil. On the palate, the wine turns a touch grippy with tannins, thens shows notes of graphite and pencil shavings toward the back, ending with a firm finish.



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.