Cadaretta Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon (SBS) 2008
Bordeaux White Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Washington
Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
The second release of Cadaretta Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon (SBS) carries
on the crisp, forward fruit style established by the inaugural vintage.
The wine is raised in temperature-controlled stainless steel to preserve as
much lush, varietal fruit character as possible. The 2008 SBS shows citrus-like aromas of tangerine and lime, with layers of pineapple, pear and
star fruit enhanced by a hint of white pepper and cut grass. It is dry,
clean and crisp on the nose and palate, with a creamy, full-bodied texture.
This balanced wine is a great match with food, especially fresh Northwest
oysters and other seafood dishes.
"Bright, very pale yellow. Pungent aromas of kiwi, lime, pineapple, lemon ice, quinine and spices, plus a hint of fresh herbs. Juicy, bright and penetrating, with excellent focus to the flavors of pineapple, citrus peel, smoke and more exotic fruits. For all its bracing acidity, this very dry wine boasts terrific sappy flavor intensity. I'd drink it in the next year or so for its youthful fruit. A superb example of the non-malolactic style of sauvignon blanc."
International Wine Cellar
"Cadaretta’s 2008 SBS is a blend of 79% Sauvignon Blanc and 21% Semillon fermented and raised in stainless steel. Medium straw-colored, it has a fragrant bouquet of spring flowers, citrus, melon, and bees wax. It is medium-bodied, dry, crisp, and concentrated. On the palate notes of baking spices, lemon-lime, and mineral notes lead into a fleshy, savory finish. Drink this refined effort over the next 3 years. Cadaretta is a Walla Walla start-up making their wine in a custom crush facility with Virginie Bourque as winemaker.
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Science and Soul
This 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...
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So nice, they say it twice...
Sharing part of the valley with Oregon, Walla Walla is on the southeast side of the Columbia Valley. It is primarily red grape land, with Cabernet Sauvignon leading in the vineyards, followed by Merlot and the ever-growing and very popular, Syrah.
In the 1990's, as Washington State was gaining more acclaim for its red wines, Walla Walla was...
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Bordeaux White Blend
There's white wine in Bordeaux, too! Typically made from Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and bits of Muscadelle, white Bordeaux can be a fully dry table wine or, as in Sauternes, a deliciously sweet dessert wine. In other areas of the world, a Bordeaux blend consists primarily of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, either of which may be the predominant variety. Bordeaux blends can vary in style, but most have good acidity and often a mineral overtone.