The Master and the Apprentice
Back to Cadence - four 2003s were produced: three vineyard specific wines from Tapteil Vineyard, Klipsun Vineyard, and Ciel du Cheval and one beautiful blend, Bel Canto. The Tapteil has the power, is very structured and perhaps will age the best, but right now it seems the least interesting. The Ciel du Cheval is very appealing and well balanced with good fruit. The Klipsun is similar but perhaps not quite as complex. The Bel Canto is molto bella, indeed, a right bank (Bordeaux) blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petite Verlot that Ben says was modeled after Chateau Cheval Blanc, but tastes a little more like a Pomerol to us. Diane loved it! If you are not on the Cadence mailing list you should be.
There are so many good wines being made in Washington, especially in Seattle. With the exception of Quilceda Creek, Leonetti, and Cayuse which have acquired, perhaps, too much cachet from the Robert Parker imprimateur, they are very good values, especially at the $30 price point, which is not to say that wines such as Pepper Bridge, Northstar, or Cadence Bel Canto are overpriced. Nevertheless, do we detect a bit of price creep in some of our favorites. For most of us $30 for a bottle of wine is a splurge, and for a few it is a good price for an "everyday" wine. Let's stay there!
Oh, about the master and the apprentice. In an era of mean-spirited, high-speed, me-first-ism, it is so refreshing that a spirit of friendship and cameradie persist in the Northwest world of wine. Tim got his on-the -job training ( he already had a Ph.D. in Economics and classes in winemaking) from Ben and, someday, a lucky apprentice will learn winemaking from Tim. Artesianal wine and food sustain us and and can help us sustain the earth.