Syrah, the great grape of the Northern Rhone River Valley, has found a second home in the Columbia Valley. A deep, rich, profound red wine.
This wine expresses initial aromas of smoky toasted oak and bacon, which then give way to jammier fruit aromas of plum and blackberry. The silky smooth mouthfeel is soft and round on the palate. Flavors of plum, blackberry, boysenberry, tar, soy sauce, and vanilla are combined into a rich lingering finish.
91 Points, Wine Advocate
Varietal Composition: 99.8% Syrah, 0.2% Viognier
45.1% Southwind Vineyard Block 25
31.3% Southwind Vineyard Block 26
18.4% Stonetree Vineyard
2.7% Southwind Vineyard Block 8
2.5% Southwind Vineyard Block 6
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Cooperage: 21 months, 60% new French oak, 36% used French oak, 4% new Hungarian oak.
Winery: Cadaretta Wines
Our winery is named for a ship that once carried our family’s goods to market. Today, that part of our history, that ship’s name, is carried on with a new generation of our family company: Handcrafted wines from our home state. Cadaretta is a Walla Walla winery owned and operated by the Middleton family. The Middleton commitment to Washington State dates back to 1898, when we started the Anderson & Middleton forestry products company in Aberdeen, Washington.
We began farming grapes 22 years ago. In 2005 we brought that grape and wine experience to Walla Walla, making wine and planting an estate vineyard for that wine. This vineyard is named “Southwind” … the name with which our ship “Cadaretta” was re-christened when it was conscripted for military duty in World War II.
Our Walla Walla winery combines our family’s long Washington agricultural heritage with our more recently acquired winemaking skill and experience. It joins our essential commitment to the land with our abiding passion for making the best from that land. Cadaretta is a blend of science and soul, tempered with tradition and balance.
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Sorry this is a little late, so hurry and pull the trigger if you have been on the fence. I’ve been out of town all week and just got home a few minutes ago to a Lab Rat surprise. My lovely better half and I just sat down to enjoy the treat. BTW, did I say that my order just went in for a case! What a wonderful Syrah! Excellent from the beginning to the end of the glass! A full array of rich fruity aromas and a gamut of amazing flavors. Silky and delicate but full bodied and earthy with a little smoke. Will probably go great with everything from steak to chocolate. Alone works great too, as that’s where we are first hand rat reporting from. We won’t be able to enjoy it with a meal tonight, so this is all about our solo experience with only the wine. We both give it a big thumbs up . Better than the Baker Lane 2014 that we had earlier this year which we really liked, by the way. Just sayin’…
Thank you Washington State for another great Syrah! Cin-cin. . PT
Hi folks. Stacey from the winery here. I love that video of our former winemaker, Brian Rudin, who helped bring in some of the first fruit off our estate Southwind Vineyard. The majority of the fruit in this Syrah (~76%) comes from the fractured block (blocks 25 & 26) that Brian is describing in the video. Aside from the dark fruit flavors of plum, boysenberry and blackberry, this wine has some distinct mineral notes that we attribute to this unique soil. Full and round tannins with good acid and a long, smooth finish. I know I’m biased, but it really is one of my favorite Cadaretta wines. And if you haven’t tried WA Syrah yet (especially Syrahs from Walla Walla) - you’ve been missing out!
Definitely agree with “if you haven’t tried WA Syrah yet (especially Syrahs from Walla Walla) - you’ve been missing out!”
I must say I wasn’t familiar with this winery, but I definitely have been a fan of Washington syrahs, as well as the Rhone-style blends some produce. Initially it was Syncline, Hedges, and Saviah among the labels that introduced me to the good work being done here. (I moved to Washington about 20 years ago…)
Took a trip to Walla-Walla about 10 years ago. It is a wine destination for sure. (I’d say visit there instead of Napa Valley if you are going to do vinotourism).
I brought on a Cadaretta Cabernet in my former life as a beverage manager/sommelier that I very much enjoyed. I’m sure I tried the syrah at the time, but don’t remember it specifically. That being said, I’d buy if it were in my budget to do so right now!