A Wine for Tonight: 2007 Buried Cane Syrah

By Kori ~ July 15th, 2010.

Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this week’s selection, the 2007 Buried Cane Syrah from Washington State.

Our selection criteria include:

  • A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
  • A price tag of <=$15
  • Must be widely available

Buried Cane is the value brand for Middleton Family Wines. The Middletons, a multi-generation Washington timber family, also own Cadaretta Winery in Walla Walla, which is where Buried Cane is produced. Buried Cane wines are named after a time-honored practice used to protect grape vines from frigid winter temperatures in which low-growing vine canes are buried and then unearthed after winter freezes pass.

“The inaugural release of Buried Cane Syrah has dark cherry and blackberry spice aromas that open into earthy complexities, with slight cured meat notes. Flavors of cherry and spice lead to silky tannins and a lingering finish. This balanced wine is a great match with grilled meats and Northwest salmon.” –Buried Cane

2007 Buried Cane Syrah (Washington State): 80% Syrah, 8% Mourvedre, 5% Counoise, 4% Grenache, 3% Sangiovese. Deep, dark purplish red. Aromatic with black fruits, oak, and some vegetal notes on the nose. Black fruits and black pepper come through on the palate. Medium to full-bodied, fruit-forward with crisp acidity, medium to high tannins, and a long finish.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $12; Available elsewhere, $11-$12

Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, American Wine, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Red Wine, Shiraz/Syrah, Washington State Wine, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25

Reader's Comments

  1. Jenny | July 15th, 2010 at 7:10 am

    Interesting summary of why it is called Buried Cane. I always like to hear the origins of the name.


  2. Kori | July 15th, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Thanks! Glad to hear it. Cheers!