The three grape varieties in Windthrow come from four different vineyards in three growing areas. We searched for the best vineyard sites to find the right soils and optimum sun and wind exposure to maximize the potential of each grape variety.

Cadaretta Windthrow is our showcase for red Rhone varietals: Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache. The wine expresses the personalities of each of the grapes in a harmonious blend with plenty of flavor and texture. Syrah comprises 65% of the finished wine, contributing a deep and juicy structure, with earthy blackberry and roasted game flavors. The Mourvedre (23%) adds black pepper aromas, raspberry fruit, and racy acidity that lifts the mouthfeel. The Grenache (12%) lends juicy texture and weight to the blend, with distinct wild strawberry flavors. The final blend is 65% Syrah, 23% Mourvedre and 12% Grenache. The finished wine initially shows effusive fruit, giving way to savory and peppery undertones. Red fruits and florals linger over a background of dark earth and olive notes. Flavors are intense, but delicate in texture, showing supple weight with tremendous concentration. The wine develops dramatically in the glass over time.

Wine color: Red

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Acclaim for 2009 Cadaretta Windthrow