Coda 2015

46% cabernet franc, 28% merlot, 17% cabernet sauvignon, 9% petit verdot

coda, n. a. A music passage of more or less independent character introduced after the completion of the essential parts of a movement, so as to form a satisfactory conclusion, b. The second label of Cadence winery. The home for barrels not essential to the estate or vineyard blends.

The nose is deep plum, fresh black fruit and spice with hints of Taransaud oak that slide in to the palate in waves of silk draped power, buoyed by fresh acidity that comes from early picking and attentiveness in the vineyards. The freshness fairly drives an energetic, lifted finish where the tannins, fruit and acid play off each other to create a seamless wine of effortless power and depth. This is classical Red Mountain fruit in an elegantly serious package.

B. Smith