2008 Cadaretta Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1108039 92 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *Two Stars and a Good Value Designation* Very rich and solidly fixed on rooty, briary, curranty varietal specifics in its deep, genuinely complex aromas, this full-bodied bottling brings all its handsome pieces together in convincing flavors that rely first and foremost on concentrated, energetic, exceptionally well-crafted fruit. Supple at entry, firm underneath in a manner that promises an easy decade of improvement, mannerly but never anything less than amply filled up, this a wine to put aside for dishes like prime rib roasts or Tournedos Rossini for years to come.  (8/ 2012)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good deep red-ruby. Very ripe aromas of redcurrant and mocha. Superripe, sweet and pliant on the palate, combining very good breadth and sound underlying energy. Finishes tactile and persistent, with a flavor of cherry and substantial ripe tannins.  (12/ 2012)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Brambly berry fruit, with a hint of herb around the edges, marks this wine. Along with the Cabernet, there are smaller amounts of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, showing well-integrated barrel notes of coffee and roasted walnuts, and smooth tannins.  (11/ 2012)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Velvety, with juicy cherry and raspberry flavors, hinting at white chocolate and wet earth as the finish lingers. Best from 2013 through 2017. 588 cases made.  (10/ 2012)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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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.
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Washington

- 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 (%): 14.9