Col Solare 2008
Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Rich and full of flavor, this 2008 vintage of Col Solare offers aromatics of cassis, black fruit, and tobacco, and an elegant, silky, lasting finish.
Blend: 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 3% Syrah
"From an extended vintage that saw solid hang time, the 2008 Col Solare (67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 3% Syrah) shows a cool, elegant profile with black currant, mineral, smoke, wild herbs and graphite along with a medium to full-bodied, fresh and pure palate. Featuring clean, integrated acidity and a layered, pure profile, it has the structure to continue evolving gracefully for another decade or more. Drink now-2023."
The Wine Advocate
"With soil-like aromas grounding scents of India ink and black plum, this is a powerful Red Mountain blend of cabernet, merlot, franc and syrah. Its flavors are in their infancy—the plum and cassis fruit sleek and sinewy, the tannins doing the driving at the moment. With air the dark fruit bulks up and muscles in on the tannins with a juicy freshness. Still a long way from peak expression. Cellar, then serve with a steak."
Wine & Spirits
"Vineyard sources for Col Solare are evolving as the recently planted estate vineyard comes into bearing. This vintage incorporates fruit from several Red Mountain vineyards, though not Col Solare itself, along with lots from elsewhere around the state. Toasty and full-bodied, two-thirds Cabernet, the rest Merlot, Cab Franc and Syrah, this is a nicely blended wine but not yet showing the precision and structural detail of the superTuscans it is modeled upon."
"A layer of gritty tannins wraps around a generous, silky core of ripe currant and blackberry flavors in this firm red, with a hint of mint as the smoky finish persists."
"Bright ruby-red. Aromas of black plum, dark raspberry, black cherry, minerals and spices. Lush, rich and deep but not overly sweet; in fact, this is quite backward today, showing strong medicinal reserve to its black cherry and mineral flavors. Finishes broad but clenched, with big, tongue-dusting tannins that call for a good five to seven years of cellaring.
International Wine Cellar
Big & Bold
A really nice wine but probably would benefit from at least 3 more years of bottle age. Full of blackberry aromas and flavors with some balsamic undertones and smokey flavors on the finish.Tannins are still quite powerful.
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Col Solare is the partnership between two influential wine producers who are recognized leaders in their respective regions: Tuscany's Marchesi Antinori and Washington state's Chateau Ste. Michelle. Col Solare unites these who unique viticultural and winemaking cultures to produce and ultra-luxurty Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine from their winery and estate vineyard on Washington's Red Mountain.
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