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Col Solare Red Bordeaux Blend Columbia Valley 2005

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Please note: 6 bottle re-order limitVINTAGEThe 2005 growing season started cool, followed by 90+ degree days in July and early August. A temperature drop in late summer cooled the vineyards and allowed the grapes extra hang time to enhance flavor development. Harvest commenced as one of the earliest on record, and moderate weather conditions during harvest contributed to mature fruit with intense flavor, good sugar development, and high natural acidity across red varietals. ACCLAIM93 points - Wine SpectatorVINIFICATIONGrapes were gently crushed, and lots fermented separately on the skins for an average of seven to 10 days. During this time, a twice-daily pump over regime infused the fermenting juice with flavor, soft tannins and color. The wine was removed from the skins and placed into 75% French and 25% American new oak barrels. Racking occurred every three months during the 26-month aging period, and the international winemaking team of Resident Winemaker Marcus Notaro and Co-Winemakers Doug Gore and Renzo Cotarella tasted through the best wine lots to create the final blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (71%), Merlot (25%), and Cabernet Franc (4%).WINEMAKERS' NOTESAromas 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. Marcus Notaro, Resident WinemakerVINTERSCol Solare is the partnership between two influential wine producers who are recognized leaders in their respective regions: Tuscanys Marchesi Antinori and Washington States Chateau Ste. Michelle. Col Solare, Italian for shining hill, realizes the partners mission to unite two unique viticultural and winemaking cultures to produce an ultra-luxury Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine.ANALYSIS AT BOTTLINGPercentage Alcohol.......14.5%Total Acidity............0.59/100mlpH.......................3.68Blend....................71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc

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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

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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4.00 5
06/22/2009

71% cab, 25% merlot and 4% cab franc. Very tasty. This pairing between the Antinori family and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates was a good matchup, having produced this very nice wine!


Snooth User: jwieker
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4.00 5
04/05/2011

strong year for this area . very tasty .. the cab and the Merlot mix well, the strongest characteristics of both come through .. nice spice but very balanced


External Reviews for Col Solare Red Bordeaux Blend Columbia Valley

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Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Advocate ReviewRated 94The 2005 Red Table Wine is composed of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Franc. It also spent 27 months in new French and American oak. The 2005 vintage contains more Red Mountain fruit which may be why it is more structured and powerful; its also the case that 2005 is a superior vintage. The wine is purple-colored with notes of wood smoke, mineral, spice box, black currant and blackberry. On the palate, it is full-bodied and layered with the tannins well concealed. Reminiscent of a top level Pauillac, it will evolve for 5-7 years and provide pleasure through 2030.Wine Tasting NotesAromas of cherry, black cherry and black current fruits fuse with smooth notes of vanilla, clove, and tobacco. Rich and balanced on the palate, this wine finishes with long, lingering flavors of cocoa, black current, and vanilla.


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Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
03/16/2010

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Please note: 6 bottle re-order limitVINTAGEThe 2005 growing season started cool, followed by 90+ degree days in July and early August. A temperature drop in late summer cooled the vineyards and allowed the grapes extra hang time to enhance flavor development. Harvest commenced as one of the earliest on record, and moderate weather conditions during harvest contributed to mature fruit with intense flavor, good sugar development, and high natural acidity across red varietals. ACCLAIM93 points - Wine SpectatorVINIFICATIONGrapes were gently crushed, and lots fermented separately on the skins for an average of seven to 10 days. During this time, a twice-daily pump over regime infused the fermenting juice with flavor, soft tannins and color. The wine was removed from the skins and placed into 75% French and 25% American new oak barrels. Racking occurred every three months during the 26-month aging period, and the international winemaking team of Resident Winemaker Marcus Notaro and Co-Winemakers Doug Gore and Renzo Cotarella tasted through the best wine lots to create the final blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (71%), Merlot (25%), and Cabernet Franc (4%).WINEMAKERS' NOTESAromas 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. Marcus Notaro, Resident WinemakerVINTERSCol Solare is the partnership between two influential wine producers who are recognized leaders in their respective regions: Tuscanys Marchesi Antinori and Washington States Chateau Ste. Michelle. Col Solare, Italian for shining hill, realizes the partners mission to unite two unique viticultural and winemaking cultures to produce an ultra-luxury Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine.ANALYSIS AT BOTTLINGPercentage Alcohol.......14.5%Total Acidity............0.59/100mlpH.......................3.68Blend....................71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc

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