2017 Cadence Tapteil Vineyard

Proprietary Blend - 750ML
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JD 94 VN 93 WE 93 W&S 91
JD 94

jebdunnuck.com, April 2020

The 2017 Tapteil is 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Merlot, and as with all these releases from Ben Smith, there's not much to go around, with just 350 cases produced. Ripe black and blue fruits...
VN 93

Vinous, December 2020

(93+ points) Full dark red. A bit less herbal and more bitter-chocolatey on the nose than the Ciel de Cheval, displaying aromas of red- and blackcurrant, strawberry, licorice, tobacco leaf, chimney soot and minerals...
WE 93

Wine Enthusiast, December 2020

Cabernet Sauvignon makes up 43% of this wine, with the rest Cabernet Franc (29%) and Merlot. The aromas pop, with notes of raspberry, flower, fresh herb, black currant and scorched earth. The palate is tightly coiled...
W&S 91

Wine & Spirits, December 2020

Not quite half cabernet sauvignon, with cabernet franc and merlot rounding it out, this blend has an old- vine tension propelling turf, plum, plum skin and earth in its initial scents. It’s fairly immense and...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region Washington
Sub-region Columbia Valley
Appellation Yakima Valley
Sub-appellation Red Mountain
Vintage 2017
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.4%
Closure Cork

Introducing the exquisite 2017 Cadence Tapteil Vineyard, a remarkable red wine that embodies the true essence of Washington's Columbia Valley. Crafted with precision and care by the renowned producer Cadence, this proprietary blend showcases the exceptional quality and character of the region.

In the glass, the Cadence Tapteil Vineyard displays a captivating deep red color that hints at the richness and complexity within. The nose is an enticing bouquet of ripe black and blue fruits, intermingled with aromatic sappy herbs, delicate tobacco, and hints of violets. A touch of mountain scrub brush adds a unique element to the aromatic profile, creating a wine that is both alluring and intriguing.

On the palate, this medium to full-bodied red wine reveals its true brilliance. Beautifully balanced, with ripe tannins and a great finish, it is a testament to the winemaker's expertise. The elegant blend of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Merlot creates a symphony of flavors that dance across the palate. Red and blackcurrant, strawberry, licorice, and tobacco leaf intertwine with chimney soot and mineral undertones, adding depth and complexity to each sip.

Critics have praised the 2017 Cadence Tapteil Vineyard for its exceptional quality and aging potential. Jeb Dunnuck awarded it an impressive 94 points, highlighting its longevity of 15+ years. Vinous also acknowledged its greatness, awarding it 93+ points and praising its suave texture, substantial tannins, and excellent length.

As you savor this remarkable wine, allow it to transport you to the picturesque vineyards of the Yakima Valley's Red Mountain sub-appellation. Each sip tells a story, revealing the unique terroir and meticulous craftsmanship that went into its creation. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future enjoyment, the 2017 Cadence Tapteil Vineyard is a wine that will captivate your senses and leave a lasting impression.