Cadence “Bel Canto” 2011 [6/cs]

cadence bel canto
Cabernet Franc
Type: Red Table Wine
Vintage: 2011

“(84% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot; this and the Camerata were aged in 50% new French oak): Bright ruby-red. Exhilarating floral lift to the aromas of redcurrant and nutty oak; very Cabernet Franc. Perfectly integrated acidity energizes this somewhat muscular yet ultimately very suave wine, with the redcurrant and cherry flavours complicated by flowers, dusty dried herbs and minerals. Great subtle density here. Finishes with outstanding length and lift, harmonious smooth tannins, and a building sweetness to its floral perfume. This remarkably classy cab franc-based wine should evolve gracefully over the next 10 to 15 years.”

94+ points, Stephen Tanzer,, Dec 2014 


“More aromatic and complex, the 2011 Bel Canto (84% Cabernet Franc and 8% each of Merlot and Petit Verdot) has a juicy, lively feel with its exotic spices, dried flowers, smoke and assorted mulled blackberry and currant-styled fruit. Medium to full-bodied, nicely textured and already approachable and balanced, it will evolve nicely over the coming decade. 


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.” 

92 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, June 2014


“The Cabernet Franc-dominated reserve blend is the 2011 Bel Canto Cara Mia Vineyard. Made from 84% Cabernet Franc and equal parts Merlot and Petit Verdot, it has knockout, red-fruit-laced aromatics of spice box, earth, mineral and graphite as well as a seamless, silky texture that’s hard to beat. Medium to full-bodied, layered and rich, with building tannin that emerges on the finish, it is a candidate for 2-3 years of cellaring and should shine for at least 10-12 years. Drink 2015-2025.

(92-94) points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, June 2013


“Cabernet Franc (84%) takes the lead with the rest equal parts Merlot and Petit Verdot. It offers a complex assortment of herbs, including thyme and sage, along with floral notes, blackberry and anise. It’s restrained yet fully flavored with a captivating feel and firm, fine-grained tannins. A complete dazzler that will only improve with some additional time in the cellar. Best from 2014 on.”

92 points, “Cellar Selection”, Wine Enthusiast, March 2015


“Focused and taut, this is brimming with black currant, blackberry and plum character on a crisp frame. Tingly tannins lift the finish, letting the flavors sail on effortlessly. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2017 through 2025.”

93 points, Wine Spectator, Nov 2015