In this taster's opinion, Washington State is now producing some of the most exciting Bordeaux blends in the U.S. These are wines of power that are blended with red earth and minerals. They are not Californian in style, nor are they French; instead Washington State has found its own middle ground, and the results are stunning.
I found a hearty Beef Stroganoff with Cremini & Porcini Mushrooms to be the perfect pairing. The wine's intensity is slightly mellowed by the meat that simply melts in your mouth, along with complementing flavors and mushrooms in the sauce to add masses of depth to an already zesty and exciting wine. This pairing begged for a sip of wine with each bite.
2005 Cadence Ciel du Cheval Vineyard - After a double decant and an hour opened in bottle, the 2005 Cadence Ciel du Cheval showed a mix of sour cranberry, black cherry with dark chocolate and slate dust. Upon first sip, my palate was assaulted by massive waves of rich raspberry fruit, which started out jammy but turned fresh as it left flavors of mint and clove behind. The finish was long with flavors of wild berries. This bottle was so rich yet so balanced and fresh that I could have finished it myself. I love this wine.