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 


“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