98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Incredible notes of blackcurrants, black olives, tobacco, damp earth, and sous bois define the bouquet, and it's a magical, full-bodied, incredibly balanced Cabernet with ripe, silky tannins, no hard edges, and a monster of a finish. As with the Bel Canto, it's one of the finest wines I've ever tasted from this estate. 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, and 9% Cabernet Franc.
This is easily the finest set of releases I’ve tasted from winemaker Ben Smith and he’s hit a home run in 2018. As always, these are classic Bordeaux blends from Red Mountain, yet I was blown away by the quality of the tannins as well as the seamless, elegant textures Smith was able to build into his wines. Don’t miss these beauties!"
Let's call this a Cabernet and then put it into perspective: two points from perfection and a little over $50? Extremely rare territory for Cabernet from...anywhere. That it also happens to be a fantastic bottle of wine is even better. I love the texture, balance, and purity. -Marcus
2016 vintage notes
In our recent tasting of Cadence 2016s, Camerata was the clear standout, an absolutely brilliant Cabernet which shows the more elegant, less bombastic side of the variety while delivery gobs of richness and density. Mixing red and black fruits with tons of savory cedar, tobacco, and warm-earth mineral notes, we loved how the dusty tannins were sweet, helping the flavor the resonate.
94 points, Top 100 Cellars Selections Wine Enthusiast: "This wine is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc. Distinctive aromas of black cherry, graphite, dark raspberry, fresh herb, flower and scorched earth lead to a fresh, flavorful palate packed with fine-grained structured tannins. An extended finish ups the interest. Give it at least 24 hours to decant if drinking in the near term. Best after 2025."
2013 vintage notes
94 points Wine Advocate: "A significantly different blend from the 2012, which was over 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2013 Camerata checks in as 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot, which like the Bel Canto spent 23 months in 50% new French oak. Possessing a fabulous bouquet of black currants, toasted spice, licorice and wild herbs, this full-bodied 2013 is concentrated, incredibly elegant and textured, with ripe tannin and a balanced, layered style that will evolve gracefully. It should be at its best from 2020-2033.
2012 vintage notes
95 points Wine Spectator: "Vibrant, focused and aristocratic, centering on generous plum, currant, blackberry and floral aromas and flavors that play out against well-modulated, crisp tannins. Has presence and excellent length. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2017 through 2025." 225 cases made.