In our recent tasting of Cadence 2015s, 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. The winery thinks this may be the finest Camerata they've produced and we are quite inclinded to agree.
95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Camerata (90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot brought up in 50% new French oak) offers more classic Cabernet Sauvignon notes of blackcurrants, tobacco leaf, cedar, and earth. It's another rich, beautifully concentrated, deep wine that has building tannin, notable freshness, and a great finish. As with the Bel Canto, it's going to benefit from short-term cellaring and keep for 15+ years.
Ben Smith’s Cadence wines fly too far under the radar and these are classic, singular, age-worthy wines from Washington State. They deserve more attention in the market."
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.