Col Solare Red Table Wine 2006

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

The outstanding 1999 Col Solare is medium to dark ruby-colored and reveals spicy blackberry aromas. A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and the remaining 10% divided between Syrah and Malbec, it exhibits gorgeous breadth to its medium-bodied, concentrated personality. This well-extracted wine has outstanding depth of fruit. Intense, juicy, and powerful, it coats the taster's palate with blackberries, cassis, and spices. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2014.

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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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External Reviews for Col Solare Red Table Wine

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

The outstanding 1999 Col Solare is medium to dark ruby-colored and reveals spicy blackberry aromas. A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and the remaining 10% divided between Syrah and Malbec, it exhibits gorgeous breadth to its medium-bodied, concentrated personality. This well-extracted wine has outstanding depth of fruit. Intense, juicy, and powerful, it coats the taster's palate with blackberries, cassis, and spices. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2014.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

This red blend from Washington displays remarkable density of flavor on a sleek frame. A smooth and generous wine, its black raspberry, cherry, currant and coffee flavors wrap themselves seductively in a blanket of fine-grained tannins. Lasts and lasts on the finish. Best after 2001. From the partnership between Chateau Ste. Michelle and Italy's Marchesi Antinori. Contains 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Col Solare, the joint venture between Chateau Ste. Michelle and Antinori, completed its new Red Mountain facility in time to produce this 2006. Composed largely of cabernet and merlot, the wine buzzes with lithe energy when first poured but shows little else. A day of air brings it into focus with scents of tobacco leaf, cedar and black cherry, the flavors bearing out all those aromatic elements. But itandrsquo;s the wineandrsquo;s texture andmdash; wiry, energetic and completely poised andmdash; that may have you returning over and over to the glass. This is seriously elegant, and still very young. Cellar it, then serve with herb-crusted lamb chops.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


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