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Date Printed: 12/19/2014
Col Solare  2001
Col Solare 2001
(search item no. 79085)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $57.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Decanter rating: 95 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Col Solare is a winemaking partnership between Tuscany's Marchesi Antinori and Washington state's Chateau Ste. Michelle that began in the vineyards of the Columbia Valley with Piero Antinori's on-going attraction to unique viticultural regions. In 1990, Piero made his first trip to the Columbia Valley. Impressed by the quality and diversity of Washington wines, Antinori began discussing a partnership with Chateau Ste. Michelle that would challenge them both to step out of their own proven perspective to achieve something new. The idea took hold, and Col Solare was born with the 1995 vintage.

Grapes were gently crushed and pumped over twice daily during a ten-day fermentation. At dryness, a portion of the wine went through an extended maceration of about two weeks to increase extract. We moved the wine with gravity into new and one-year-old French oak barrels; each barrel was racked periodically throughout 22 months of barrel aging. Finally at blending, many individual lots of wine were tasted before winemakers Ron Bunnell and Renzo Cotarella settled on a wine with less Cabernet and more Merlot than previous vintages of Col Solare. Merlot added depth. Syrah added flesh to the vintage's full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. A bit of Malbec enhanced the wine's elegance and added suppleness. Sensational chocolate and caramel aromas join with an earthy note and a hint of tobacco to introduce a wine with generous black currant and black cherry set off by a trace of allspice. Silky with both abundant, soft tannins and plenty of muscle, this is a wine of significant dimension.

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Additional wines from Col Solare:

  • 1996 (search item no. 38582)
  • 2009 (search item no. 133376)

About Col Solare:

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.