From: Yakima Valley, Washington, USA
Varietals: 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot
tapteil, n. a. Yakama, narrow river, b. Red Mountain vineyard named for its site above the Yakima River where the Tapteilmin lived, c. Cadence blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc grown on Tapteil Vineyard.
Tasting Notes: "Beautiful, broad aromas of red and blue fruit plus the signature dusty/mineral Tapteil nose. The energy and lift of the vintage is apparent on the palate with a perfect blend of tannins and refreshing acidity driving dried cherry and blackberry fruit. The long finish hints at the graceful evolution this wine will see in the bottle. A superb vintage for Tapteil and a wonderful way to complete the arc from 1998 to present." –Ben Smith
*2019 was the last vintage of Tapteil that Cadence produced.
About. Started in 1998 by husband and wife team Gaye McNutt and Benjamin Smith, Cadence is a shop-favorite Washington winery dedicated to showcasing some of the finest vineyard sites in the state. Their Bordeaux-styled blends interpret the best qualities reflected in Washington's greatest vineyard terroir. Cadence's winemaking philosophy is based on the belief that blending creates a balanced wine of greater character than the individual components. Their wines express the vineyard's power, intensity, or elegance, as reflected in the characteristics of the varietals on the vineyard site.
Tapteil Vineyard was established on Red Mountain in 1985.
"In the older vines, you get more balance, more minerality uptake. It brings in the character of the place, of the soil." –Larry Pearson, owner of Tapteil
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