2007 Cadaretta Columbia Valley SBS

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91 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, pale, green-tinged yellow. Pungent aromas of lemon, quinine and nutmeg. Juicy and intense, with citrus fruit flavors complicated by a saline element and a note of fig. At once dry and silky. The dusty finish features excellent grip and aromatic persistence, with lovely citrus lift." (Nov/Dec '08) 90 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: "The 2007 SBS is composed of 73% Sauvignon Blanc and 27% Semillon. There was no malolactic fermentation. The excellent perfume reveals notes of minerals, citrus, melon, lime, apple, and a hint of tropical fruits. Crisp and lively, the wine has excellent acidity and a lengthy finish. The Middleton family owns this Walla Walla start-up with plans to plant an estate vineyard in 2008." (06/08) 90 points from Wine Enthusiast: "It's about 75% Sauv Blanc, 25% Semillon. Lush with bright, fresh flavors of pineapple and grapefruit, it also has good acids with nuances of tangerine, orange and lemon peel. It's refreshing and textural, the sort of white wine that demands shellfish and seafood. Especially good on the finish, which adds a bit of cinnamon." (12/1/2008) 90 points from Wine Spectator: "Bright and generous. A lively, expressive mouthful of tangerine, pineapple and melon aromas and flavors, consolidating into a crisp, mouthwatering finish." (Tasting Highlights, Nov. 14, 2008)

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/19/2008 | Send Email
With its nose of grapefruit and gravel this is sort of reminiscent of one of our favorite whites from Bordeaux, Clos Floridene. It shows similar depth and concentration and is packed with tangerine, kumquat and other exotic citrus fruits. Electric is the word that came to mind here, fresh and mouthwatering throughout, but retaining weight and structure; this is sure to please any fan of the Loire or low-manipulation white wine.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/17/2008 | Send Email
A real winner, this. Intense, juicy, and mouthwatering are all words that come to mind for this sauvignon blanc/semillon blend from Washington State's Columbia Valley. Imagine a perfectly ripe nectarine sprinkled with a dash of lemon juice, and that's how the wine tastes. A touch of minerality as well. Here is proof that in between all of the eating and boozing, K&L's Brick and MJ were actually doing some good scouting work on their recent Washington and Oregon trip.

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.