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Col Solare Red Bordeaux Blend Columbia Valley 2000

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WINEMAKERS' NOTES Highly concentrated raspberry, vanilla bean and Belgian dark chocolate aromatics are threaded with anise, clove and cinnamon. Equally intense flavors of raspberry, black cherry and smoky-toast are complemented by hints of spice. Muscular yet richly supple, this is a wine that rewards with a long, elegantly proportioned finish. VINTAGE The 2000 vintage produced exceptional grapes brimming with flavor and structural complexity. Mild temperature patterns early in the growing season led to an early bud break. Warm, dry and stable conditions continued throughout the summer months with two short episodes of cool, wet weather interrupting the otherwise ideal weather. A cold front in late-September slowed the ripening process, which extended time on the vine. This allowed for the grapes to reach ideal sugar accumulation and to develop intense flavors. VINTERS Col Solare is a partnership between two wine producers who are dominant forces in their respective regions. Tuscany's Marchesi Antinori and Washington State's Chateau Ste. Michelle. When Marchese Piero Antinori journeyed to Washington's Columbia Valley in 1992, he discovered an emerging wine region supported by the ardent leadership of Chateau Ste. Michelle. Col Solare, Italian for shining hill, unites to uniqe viticultural and winemaking cultures with a shared goal of producing Washington's best Cabernet Suavignon- based wine. ANALYSIS AT BOTTLING Percentage Alcohol.......14.0% Total Acidity............0.61/100ml pH.......................3.60 Blend....................86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 4% Syrah

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Col Solare Wines:
The partners agreed in 2005 that a winery properly scaled and singularly focused on Col Solare would best realize the wine's extra-ordinary potential. They chose property on Red Mountain to build Col Solare, Italian for "shining hill." On April 12th, 2007, Col Solare celebrated its grand opening. The refined state-of-the-art winery was constructed from sustainable materials. Behind the dramati... Read more
The partners agreed in 2005 that a winery properly scaled and singularly focused on Col Solare would best realize the wine's extra-ordinary potential. They chose property on Red Mountain to build Col Solare, Italian for "shining hill." On April 12th, 2007, Col Solare celebrated its grand opening. The refined state-of-the-art winery was constructed from sustainable materials. Behind the dramatic 300 foot stone and concrete wall that emulates the basalt cliffs lining the valley, the winemaking cellar and adjoining "barri cai" enjoy the natural cooling temperature of the earth. Panoramic views reveal the landscape of the Columbia Valley and Horse Heaven Hills below. Read less

External Reviews for Col Solare Red Bordeaux Blend Columbia Valley

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/20/2009

A Proprietary Blend wine from Washington in USA. 2000 Col Solare (Ste Michelle, Chateau) Red Table Wine 1500ml



WINEMAKERS' NOTES Highly concentrated raspberry, vanilla bean and Belgian dark chocolate aromatics are threaded with anise, clove and cinnamon. Equally intense flavors of raspberry, black cherry and smoky-toast are complemented by hints of spice. Muscular yet richly supple, this is a wine that rewards with a long, elegantly proportioned finish. VINTAGE The 2000 vintage produced exceptional grapes brimming with flavor and structural complexity. Mild temperature patterns early in the growing season led to an early bud break. Warm, dry and stable conditions continued throughout the summer months with two short episodes of cool, wet weather interrupting the otherwise ideal weather. A cold front in late-September slowed the ripening process, which extended time on the vine. This allowed for the grapes to reach ideal sugar accumulation and to develop intense flavors. VINTERS Col Solare is a partnership between two wine producers who are dominant forces in their respective regions. Tuscany's Marchesi Antinori and Washington State's Chateau Ste. Michelle. When Marchese Piero Antinori journeyed to Washington's Columbia Valley in 1992, he discovered an emerging wine region supported by the ardent leadership of Chateau Ste. Michelle. Col Solare, Italian for shining hill, unites to uniqe viticultural and winemaking cultures with a shared goal of producing Washington's best Cabernet Suavignon- based wine. ANALYSIS AT BOTTLING Percentage Alcohol.......14.0% Total Acidity............0.61/100ml pH.......................3.60 Blend....................86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 4% Syrah

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