Bel Canto, n. a. A style of singing characterized by beauty of tone rather than dramatic power [Italian, literally: beautiful singing], b. Cadence blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot grown on its estate, Cara Mia Vineyard.
The “Bel Canto” is one of Cadence’s flagship wines, sourced from their estate “Cara Mia” vineyard. It is a blend of 73% Cabernet Franc, 17% Merlot, and 10% Petit Verdot.
“The 2018 Bel Canto is a Cabernet Franc-dominated blend that includes 17% Merlot. As with the Camerata, it spent 23 months in 50% new oak. Gorgeous notes of cassis and ripe black cherry fruits as well as leafy herbs, forest floor, iron, tobacco, and spice all soar from the glass, and this head-turning beauty is full-bodied, with a seamless texture, ultra-fine tannins, and a great, great finish. It’s one of the finest wines I’ve ever tasted from Ben Smith and should be snatched up by readers! It’s going to keep for 15+ years or more. Wow.”
97 points, Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021
“The Bel Canto sings with its finesse and polished texture once in the mouth. Layers of huckleberry and boysenberry preserves rub alongside mineral notes and smoky undertones. Drinking Window 2021 – 2034.”
94 points, Owen Bargreen, Decanter, April 2021