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2008 Cadence Winery Tapteil Vineyard Red Wine Red Mountain
Producer: Cadence Winery
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Bordeaux Blend
Region: Columbia Valley
92(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2010
($50; 50% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot and 20% cabernet franc) Good bright deep red. Wild, soil-driven aromas of cinnamon spice, fresh herbs, red licorice, iodine and sage. Then quite backward and firm in the mouth owing to its strong acid/tannin spine. The 2007 Tapteil was sweeter and silkier at the same stage, but this wine's subtle intensity, complexity and claret-like structure suggest it will ultimately merit an even higher score. Today the finish is a bit less sweet and the tannins less refined than the 2007 Ciel du Cheval.