The Middleton family of Cadaretta acclaim launched this brand in 2012, a tier that also includes wines Santa Barbara County tied to their Clayhouse project in California. Here’s a GSM-inspired blend of Syrah (63%), Grenache (28%) and Mourvedre that’s co-fermented with a dash of Viognier and created at Artifex in Walla Walla. Middleton-owned Southwind Vineyard above Milton-Freewater, Ore. – home to their iconic Glass House events center – contributed the Syrah and Viognier, while Monette’s Vineyard in The Rocks provided the Grenache. Toasted oak, cherry and chocolatly aromas lead to an entry that’s big and bright with pomegranate and pie cherry. The Rocks influence shows up in the savory qualities that come with a sense of smoky charcuterie that’s joined by anise in the robust finish.
Production: 865 cases