Cadence Winery
August 2016 

Sometimes life’s path takes you places you never thought you’d be.


Ben Smith had a fantastic job as an engineer for Boeing, specializing on flight control systems, when he was introduced to the Boeing Wine Club, which has become somewhat of an incubator for Washington’s wine industry.


Basically this is a group of brilliant people having fun making “garagiste” wine, who found access to some of the United State’s greatest vineyards and who possess the attention to detail to produce outstanding wines.  Ben excelled, winning the club trophy a handful of times, and in 1998 finally embarked on his new career.  The precision of an engineer is at work here.  The wines are balanced, yet powerful.  Tannic yet juicy.  Energetic, yet built to age.  The critics have responded:


“I may have witnessed the birth of Washington’s newest cult winery”
– Richard Neill, Decanter Magazine


“(A) nomination for upcoming cult winery”
– Paul Gregutt, The Seattle Times


Top 5 US Urban Wineries (Wine Enthusiast Magazine, April 2013)


Cadence Camerata 2008 poured at the White House, April 11, 2012


Winemaker of the Year, (Seattle Magazine 2012)


Top 100 Wineries of the Year, (Wine & Spirits Magazine: 2002, 2007, 2012, 2014, 2015)


Top 20 Wineries of the Past Decade, (Wine & Spirits Magazine (Fall 2008)


Top 100 Wines, (San Francisco Chronicle: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014)


These are wines for the Bordeaux wine collector, the Napa Valley wine collector and the Washington wine collector.


“The 2012s are fantastic here and the wines show the purity and freshness of the vintage, yet have the classical, structured and savoury feel that’s present in all of Ben’s wines.”
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, June 2014


“These latest releases from Ben Smith at Cadence are the best I’ve tasted from him. They all have classic Red Mountain characters, yet also have lots of finesse and elegance as well.  Lovers of Bordeaux variety wines need to get on this estate’s bandwagon ASAP.”
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, June 2015


We are accepting case reservations now.  We expect arrivals to begin in November or December, no payment is necessary until we arrange your delivery.  Feel free to forward this to anyone you know who also loves wine.


I look forward to hearing from you,


Chris McLean

Cadence “Tapteil” Red Mountain 2012
$79.95 per bottle, cases of 6


56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc


“Bright ruby-red. Red berries, cocoa powder and licorice on the nose. Tightly wound and youthfully imploded, conveying an impression of density without weight. Dark fruit and mineral flavours show terrific lift but are extremely backward in the early going. “Drink this with a big steak or hold it for four years,” suggests Ben Smith, adding that the 1999 Tapteil is great right now. Finishes with a firm tannic spine and outstanding subtle length and lift. This wine was aged in 40% new oak and was racked a total of just three times. Incidentally, I also got an early look at the 2013 Tapteil, and that impressively intense wine may need even longer aging than the ’12, due in part to its higher percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon. 2019-2029.”
93(+) points, Stephen Tanzer,, Nov 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 flavours sail on effortlessly. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2017 through 2025. 400 cases made.”
93 points, Wine Spectator, Nov 2015


“The 2012 Tapteil Vineyard is elegant and complex, with lots of minerality in its red plums, blueberry and floral bouquet. Full-bodied, mouth filling, layered and pure, with lots of tannin on the mid-palate and finish, it needs short-term cellaring and will be another 2012 from Ben that will see its 20th birthday in fine form. The blend here is 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 19% Cabernet Franc, all of which spent 18 months in 40% new French oak.”

93 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, June 2015

Cadence “Camerata” Red Mountain 2010
$99.95 per bottle, cases of 6
76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot

“Ben’s Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blend from his estate vineyard, the 2010 Camerata Cara Mia Vineyard, checks in at 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and then equal parts Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Perfumed and complex aromatically, with plenty of blackberry, blueberry, violets and resinous herb qualities on the nose, it is beautifully constructed on the palate with a layered, rich texture, juicy acidity and ripe tannin that emerges on the finish. While the most structured and firm of Ben’s 2010s, it still dishes out plenty of pleasure even now. Enjoy bottles over the coming decade. Drink now-2024.”
93 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, June 2013


“From the estate vineyard, this is a blend of three-quarters Cabernet Sauvignon, with the rest evenly divided among Cab Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Lovely aromatics introduce a sleek, tightly wound wine with crisply defined berry fruit, good tannins, and hints of clean earth. It was aged in 50% new French oak barrels.”
93 points, Wine Enthusiast, July 2014


“The cool 2010 vintage on Red Mountain has been yielding wines that take their time unfurling, as does this blend of 76 percent Cabernet Sauvignon with Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. The fruit seems distant at first, as if on a receding horizon, but with air the wine comes into view, dusty mineral tannins supporting a purple core, all working with great balance and poise-it just needs a little time to knit. 325 cases.”
92 points, Wine & Spirits, Oct 2014

Cadence “Bel Canto” Red Mountain 2010
$99.95 per bottle, cases of 6
77% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot


“The best Cara Mia yet, this is Red Mountain Cabernet Franc from the estate vineyard, with 15% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot included. Stylish and compact, this seems sculpted with pure, vivid purple fruits, balanced against crisp, fine-grained tannins. The depth and concentration are noteworthy.”
95 points and “Cellar Selection”, Wine Enthusiast, July 2014


“(77% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot): Good medium red. Stunning high-pitched perfume of strawberry, cherry, rose petal and pepper. Then dense, round, thick and seamless, with highly concentrated flavours of red berries, flowers and spices. Manages to be wonderfully silky and taut at the same time, thick yet weightless from start to very long finish. This wonderfully perfumed wine displays even sweeter tannins than the Ciel du Cheval bottling. It may not be quite as velvety as the outstanding 2009 version but it offers great aromatic character and energy and is a superb reflection of its cooler year. I look forward to revisiting this beauty in six or seven years.”
94 points, Stephen Tanzer,, Nov 2012


“There’s no question where the wine comes from, the wave of Red Mountain’s blue fruit emerging with locomotive power. But the coolness of the vintage registers as a pleasing complex spice-cake warmth, allowing for an unapologetically rich wine that nevertheless feels restrained. A blend of 77 percent Cabernet Franc with Merlot and Petit Verdot, it’s a distinctive take on the region. 325 cases.”

94 points, Wine & Spirits, Oct 2014

Chris McLean


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