Col Solare Red Bordeaux Blend Columbia Valley 2004
Col Solare is a Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine with profound density, complex flavors and a supple texture. It is full-bodied, rich, and aromatic. Intense fruit character and mature tannins deliver uncompromising finesse and style. For each vintage, the winemakers' mission is to join two distinct cultures, Washington and Tuscan, new-world and old-world, to create a wine with concentrated flavors, aromatics and supple tannins that lead into a seductive, lingering finish. The wine's concentrated plum, blueberry and black raspberry aromatics are joined by hints of vanilla, spice and cedar. Equally evident on the palate are raspberry, black pepper and spice layered with dark chocolate and roasted nut. The texture is supple and refined, leading to a seductive, lingering finish.
I don't usually go for these large, new world cabernets - but this was a well balanced wine. We drank this 2004 in 2010 and it was drinking great. If I had another bottle, I'd probably sit on it and give it another 3-4 years and see where it is. As other reviews have mentioned, this wine has notes of chocolate. They really stood out for me and I had this wine with a little dessert dish with blueberries and super dark chocolate and it was delicious (we also had a rack of lamb earlier, and it went beautifully with that).
Let's fast forward from HappyRobot's review of July 29,2010 to December 2, 2015 and I can echo the same sentiments. This 2004 Col Solare has proven to be a wine that has held its color and intense flavors. The blueberry and plum aromatics are most prevalent to my nose and the finish just hangs on the pallet. A wonderful project that has stood the test of time.
External Reviews for Col Solare Red Bordeaux Blend Columbia Valley
Aromas of black cherry berry and dark chocolate fuse with smooth notes of vanilla and spice. Rich and balanced on the palate this wine finishes with long lingering flavors of cocoa black fruits and vanilla.
Bright red-ruby. Sexy aromas of redcurrant, plum, spices, graphite and tobacco. Suave and moderately intense, with slightly tart red berry flavors framed by edgy acidity. Plenty of spicy oak here. This rather laid-back wine needs some bottle aging.
Good deep red-ruby. Lovely perfumed lift to the aromas of bright cherry, redcurrant, tobacco and flowers; much more pristine than the 2004 Meritage bottling. Supple, round and enticing, with lovely dark fruit flavors complemented by sexy, sweet oak; turned riper with aeration. At once fat and firmly structured on the finish, showing broad, dusty, building tannins and very good lift. This is delicious already, but should reward patience too.
Firm and chewy, with a generous layer of currant and blueberry fruit that runs through the tannins. Shows hints of cedar and sage as the flavors persist on the finish. Needs time to soften, but the elements are there to develop well. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best after 2009.
Tasted right after bottling, this new release from the high-profile Ste. Michelle/Antinori Red Mountain project may be the finest Col Solare to date. The blend is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and a splash each of Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot. Half is Horse Heaven Hills fruit, one quarter Cold Creek and one quarter Wahluke Slope. This is a chewy, muscular wine, dense with plummy fruit, and layered with flavors of earth, soy and black tea. There is a hint of baked, pruney flavor that is restrained enough to add interest rather than detract.
The 2006 Col Solare is a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, and the balance Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Syrah. The wine was aged in 75% French and 25% American oak, 100% new. Deep crimson-colored, it displays a captivating perfume of sandalwood, lavender, incense, spice box, black cherry, black currant, and a hint of chocolate. Medium-bodied, elegant, and already complex, it has layers of succulent fruit, impeccable balance, and a lengthy, pure finish. It will continue to evolve for another 4ndash;6 years and offer a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2026.