Cadence Camerata Cara Mia Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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At a full 91% of the blend, this could be labeled as Cabernet Sauvignon, with Cabernet Franc rounding it out. It’s shut down aromatically at present with assorted dried herbs poking through. The palate brings highly structured fruit flavors, with vibrant acidity tying it all together. Decant for a day if drinking in the near term; it will be best after 2022. 

Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country United States
Region Washington
Appellation Red Mountain
Brand Cadence
Alcohol/vol 14.4%
  • ws95

Wine SpectatorVibrant, focused and aristocratic, centering on generous plum, currant, blackberry and floral aromas and flavors that play out against well-modulated, crisp tannins. Shows presence and excellent length. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2017 through 2025. 225 cases made.

November 2015
  • wa95

Wine AdvocateSensational stuff, the 2012 Camerata (91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Cabernet Franc) is big, burly effort that offers classic Red Mountain structure and depth. Giving up lots of black cherry, crushed rocks, dried violets and graphite, it is savory, powerful and concentrated on the palate. It needs 4-5 years of cellaring and will hold for two decades after that. These latest releases from Ben Smith at Cadence are the best I’ve tasted from him. They all have classic Red Mountain characters, yet also have lots of finesse and elegance as well. While I normally don’t find much qualitative differences between his estate-vineyard releases (Cara Mia and Bel Canto) and his other two single-vineyard releases, in 2012 I thought the estate vineyard wines excelled. Lovers of Bordeaux variety wines need to get on this estate’s bandwagon ASAP.

  • st94

International Wine CellarMedium-deep bright red. Lovely lavender and sage topnotes lift aromas of red berries and cocoa powder. Firmly built and sharply delineated, offering lovely floral energy to the vibrant flavors of red berries and wet-stone minerality. The pH here is under 3.7, which helps to hide the wine's 14.6% alcohol. This suave, floral beauty has the firm tannic structure for a graceful evolution in bottle.

November 2015
  • agv94

Vinous Medium-deep bright red. Lovely lavender and sage topnotes lift aromas of red berries and cocoa powder. Firmly built and sharply delineated, offering lovely floral energy to the vibrant flavors of red berries and wet-stone minerality. The pH here is under 3.7, which helps to hide the wine's 14.6% alcohol. This suave, floral beauty has the firm tannic structure for a graceful evolution in bottle. "Two thousand thirteen was surprisingly nice for a hot year," said Ben Smith in July. "The vineyards were in great shape, and hanging more fruit than normal: about 2.8 tons vs. 2.0. The year was hotter than 2012 (3,100 total heat units vs. 2,874 in '12) but the wines have more energy than I expected. Smith picked at 24.5 to 25 degrees Brix, noting adding that he had finished harvesting before "the big cool-down. I'm looking to achieve a finer 2011-like structure in the hotter vintages." He also told me that he has cut back on extraction in 2013 and 2014--"plus I'm getting older." Smith described 2012 as "a wonderfully silky, classic Washington vintage with statistically average heat units.

July 2015
  • we91

Wine EnthusiastAt a full 91% of the blend, this could be labeled as Cabernet Sauvignon, with Cabernet Franc rounding it out. It's shut down aromatically at present with assorted dried herbs poking through. The palate brings highly structured fruit flavors, with vibrant acidity tying it all together. Decant for a day if drinking in the near term; it will be best after 2022.

Sean Sullivan, November 1, 2015