Cadaretta: Continuing the Middleton Family Legacy in Washington

By Kori ~ February 20th, 2012.

Cadaretta, located in Walla Walla, Washington, is owned and operated by the Middleton family. The Middleton family has a long history in Washington State. They started the Anderson & Middleton forestry products company in Hoquiam, Washington, in 1898. In fact, Cadaretta is named for a ship that once carried their goods to market. The family diversified into wine grapes in California over 20 years ago. They brought their grape and wine experience back to Washington with the founding of Cadaretta in 2005.

Executive winemaker Larry Cherubino of Australia directs winemaking, vineyard selection, and cultural practices for Cadaretta. Brian Rudin is Cadaretta’s resident winemaker who focuses his efforts on the day-to-day winery operations.

Recently, we had the opportunity to taste their 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2010 Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon blend in a blind samples tasting. Both wines are excellent, and the Cabernet Sauvignon delivers serious bang for your buck.

2007 Cadaretta Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley, Washington): 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, and 2% Cabernet Franc. Deep, dark ruby red. Gorgeous nose with blackcurrant and cinnamon aromas. Blackcurrant, black cherry, cinnamon, and dark chocolate come through on the palate. Medium to full-bodied with lively acidity and medium to high, smooth tannins. Well-balanced with a long finish.
Quality: 4 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $40; Available elsewhere, $24 to $40

2010 Cadaretta SBS Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon (Columbia Valley, Washington): 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Semillon. Very pale straw yellow. Nice nose with white peach and apricot aromas. More apricot and white peach as well as lemon come through on the palate. Dry and medium-bodied with crisp acidity. Well-balanced with good complexity and a long, lingering finish.
Quality: 4 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 3 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $23; Available elsewhere, $19 to $25

Filed under: American Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Red Wine, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Washington State Wine, White Wine, Wines Over $25, Wines Under $25

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