Cadaretta, Columbia Valley (Washington) “Springboard” 2014

($50): Cadaretta’s website describes Springboard as their “reserve-quality Bordeaux-varietal blend made from the top barrels of the vintage.”  Despite the large proportion of heavy hitting Bordeaux varieties — Malbec and Petit Verdot comprise almost 1/5th of the blend — the wine does not hit you over the head.  Indeed, it is remarkably elegant. A hint of toasty oak on the nose catches your attention, but does not overwhelm. The flavors actually dance on the palate.  Supported by fine tannins and juicy acidity, it’s a well-balanced and stylish wine.  And behold, the stated alcohol is less than 14 percent. Though $50 is a lot for a bottle of wine, Cadaretta’s Springboard delivers more than many Bordeaux blends that cost far more.
94 Michael Apstein Jul 11, 2017