Cadence Bel Canto 2014

cadence bel canto
LCBO Vintages Releases Classics Collection
Cabernet and Cabernet Blends
Type: Red Table Wine
Vintage: 2014

LCBO Vintages Classics Collection


In music, bel canto refers to a style of singing characterized by beauty of tone rather than dramatic power. (Literally “beautiful singing” in Italian.) Cadence’s Ben Smith named this wine well. Cabernet Franc from Cadence’s estate Cara Mia vineyard dominates the blend, and the interplay with a small amount of Merlot and Petit Verdot is a thing of beauty.


“This has rich blueberries, cassis and cloves with hints of star anise in the background. Vibrant fruit that are nicely captured, too. The palate has an impressive sense of richness and depth. Bold cassis, blueberries and chalky tannins. A great structure. A blend of 50% cabernet franc, 38% merlot and 12% petit verdot. Drink or hold.”

94 points, James Suckling, May 2018 

“Made from 50% Cabernet Franc, 38% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot, the 2014 Bel Canto sports a deep ruby color as well as sensational notes of graphite, leafy herbs, flowers, currants and dried soil. Elegant, seamless, silky and pure, with building, polished tannin, it’s another wine that’s the best to date from this terrific estate.”

95+ points, Robert Parker, June 2017 

“(a Right Bank blend): Bright dark red. Inviting aromas of dark fruits and chocolate are lifted by a floral high note and complicated by a medicinal iodiney suggestion. Quite suave on entry, then a bit tight in the middle palate, conveying excellent energy and medicinal reserve to its dark berry and violet flavors. The dusty tannins give this wine a tighter mouth feel as well as a slightly tougher finish than the Camerata, so patience will be required.”

93+ points, Antonio Galloni,, Oct 2017 

“Cabernet Franc makes up half of this wine, with the balance in Merlot (38%) and Petit Verdot (12%). It delivers light currant, herb, flower and dark fruit aromas. The palate is saturated with dark fruit flavors while firm, structured tannins provide support. It needs some time in the cellar to settle. Best after 2022.”

92+ points, Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast, Nov 2017