2014 Cadle Family Wines Dolcetto

Estate: Cadle Family Wines
Region: Chalk Hill, Sonoma County, California, United States of America
Vineyard: Windsor Oaks Vineyard


Tasting Note:June 6, 2016

First red wine we tried from Cadle Family Wines. This one is made from a fun little grape known as "little sweet one". Garnet red with deep, dark purplish core. Very intriguing nose that started with a savory attack, both cheese and a little stinky. Opened up with lots of strawberries, almonds and anise undertones. Palate was coated in black cherries, a little creamy and semi-sweet. Moderate tannins (6.5/10) and moderate plus body. Great structure, quite smooth and rounded. Not sharp and definitely held well together over the four day period we tasted it, great value. Long and dry finish.

Cadle Family Wines is a small production wine estate that is part of a larger collective known as Holman Cellars. The winemaker/owner is Kevin Cadle who decided to start making wines after being an international teacher in countries like Curacao, Boliva, Columbia and Morocco. Prior to starting his own estate, Kevin started in the wine industry at Etude Wines before becoming the Associate Winemaker at Ancien Wines where we worked with making wines for Tournesol Wine and Yorba Wines. Kevin's wine-making philosophy is pretty straight forward. He does this by finding high-quality fruit, making interesting/overlooked varietals and of course bringing out the best flavors. At the moment Kevin is making a Gewürztraminer, Malbec, Chardonnay Musqué, Sangiovese, Dolcetto and a Rosé of Sangiovese.

The Windsor Oak Vineyard is located in the Chalk Hill AVA in Sonoma County that has two rows planted with Dolcetto at the top of the vineyard. Fog that rolls through the Chalk Hill gap help make this location perfect for growing Dolcetto, since this allows the Dolcetto to ripen slowly and hold onto enough acidity to get the quality that Kevin is looking for in this varietal. Only 70 cases produced.

Drink Dates:

2016 till 2022.


92 points.

Price Point:

$$ - Sample provided by the estate. Can be purchased online or at the Estate for $30.00.