Cadence Coda 2016
Summer came to its unofficial close with the Labor Day weekend, so it was with sadness that I put away my white linen and swimsuits until next year. However, I cannot lament the change of season for long. Autumn foliage is around the corner, and cooler weather will lend itself particularly well to the drinking of good red wine! In fact, it is just that subject which I am writing about today: Cadence Coda 2016.
Ben Smith, the owner and winemaker of Seattle-based Cadence Winery, produces Bordeaux-inspired red wines with grapes from the Red Mountain AVA in Washington. The 2016 vintage of Coda is a blend of 36% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Cabernet Franc, and 9% Petit Verdot; all of which are drawn from the same vineyards as the more expensive estate and single vineyard wines in the Cadence portfolio.
This dark, nearly opaque wine is plush and silky with soft acidity and well-integrated tannins. It opens with aromas of blackberry, cherry and a hint of violet. On the palate are blackberry, cherry, blackcurrant, and dark chocolate; with leather and flint on the lasting finish.
Cadence Coda is available at O’Bryan’s Wine and Spirits for $27.99. Come in and give this one a try. It is one of the nicest red blends you will find in this price range.