2006 Cadaretta Columbia Valley Syrah

SKU #1040303

93 points and two stars from the Connoisseurs Guide to California Wine: "Intriguing and inviting in its complex aromatic blend of smoke, roasted meat, blackberry fruit and dried violets, this full-bodied, supple, fairly polished wine is as deep and classic in its attractive flavor profile as it is in first smells. It runs to a touch of velvet that reminds in passing of Pinot Noir, but there is nothing other than Syrah at every other stop, and its fine-grained finishing tannins offer the structure and longevity of the variety as well. Now or in a few years, this one is sure to please." (11/2008) 92 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Syrah was sourced from three premier vineyards.Purple- colored, it offers aromas of spice box, cedar, smoke, and blueberry. The wine has a velvety texture, fine depth, and is already showing some complexity. Drink this lengthy effort from 2010 to 2018." (06/08) 90 points from Wine Enthusiast: "Cadaretta, with serious money and an established winemaker (Virginie Bourgue) at the helm, is going to be a player in Walla Walla. The first release is this excellent Syrah, sourced from Pepper Bridge, Stonetree and Alder Ridge. The immediate impression is that the nose has got a lot of floral attributes, followed with hints of spice. The fruit is dark and the tannins show some green edges. The wine has good grip, and some tarry notes in the finish. In the glass more of the toasted new oak flavors emerge, a very prettty framework..." (11/08)

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/19/2008 | Send Email
The nose alone is worth the price tag, showing brooding aromas of smoke, creosote, mesquite grilled lamb and whole black peppercorns. Its spice-driven nature continues throughout the wine, joined by a wave of fruit on the palate. Ample clove-dusted blackberry and Asian plum combine as a foil to all of the tangy spice. Wrap all this up with a finish displaying some fresh herbal qualities and BINGO!We have a winner.

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- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.

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- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 15