Col Solare 2008
Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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
The Wine Advocate - "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."
Wine & Spirits - "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 Enthusiast - "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."
Wine Spectator - "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."
International Wine Cellar - "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.
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Col Solare Winery
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. View all Col Solare Wines
About Columbia ValleyView a map of Columbia Valley wineries
Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which helps the vines survive the harsh winters.
Notable FactsMerlot is the most popular and most planted grape of the area, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Syrah and Riesling are also popular and continue to grow in acreage.
About WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
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3 ratings, 1 with reviewjamesapearre - Ketchum, ID58/15/2014
walter larson - Saint Petersburg, FL53/25/2014anthony montemuro - Brentwood, TN41/2/2014
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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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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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