Cadaretta 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $40

By on August 7, 2014

cadaretta-cabernet-sauvignon-2010-bottleThe Middleton family took the name for their Walla Walla winery project from one of the ships that it used to transport timber from Grays Harbor to California nearly a century ago. Their own Southwind Vineyard near Seven Hills hasn’t reach full production, but this effort from five Columbia Valley sub-appellations by Brian Rudin — now with Duckhorn’s Canvasback program — shows skill and investment. The barrel program of 26 months in 75% new French oak creates a frame for aromas of black cherry, Marionberry, plum and cola, backed by mocha, black pepper and forest floor. On the pour, it’s filled with brambleberry juice of blackberry and boysenberry with blueberry acidity, a pinch of oregano and cherry-skin tannins.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 732 cases

Alcohol: 14.1%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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