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Col Solare Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

This 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of black cherry, berry and dark chocolate that 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 anise.

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JD 94
Jeb Dunnuck
Always 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain brought up in new barrels, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is loaded with sweet cassis, toasted spice, dried flowers, and graphite. It shows more and more classic Red Mountain savoriness and dried earth qualities with time in the glass. It’s full-bodied, sweetly fruited, beautifully balanced, and has a great finish. It can be drunk today or cellared for 15+ years.
JS 93
James Suckling
This has a wealth of rich and intense dark plums and mulberries that really saturate the sleek and fleshy palate. Impressive concentration in an open-knit and approachable mode. 100% cabernet sauvignon.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
Expressive and refined, in an appealingly zesty way, offering lively black cherry, cracked pepper and crushed stone accents that take on richness toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2023.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits aromas of cassis, blackberry, chocolate and creamy new oak. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, rich and chewy, with plenty of juicy fruit and firm tannin. Give it a couple of years in the cellar to knit together, then follow it for the better part of a decade.
W&S 92
Wine & Spirits
Classic and refined, with a composure that comes from generous but judicious oak, Col Solare’s 2015 flagship cabernet has a scent of cedar and cinnamon to go with its dark cassis fruit. The flavors are a bit Red Mountain blunt at first, before whipping into a more elegant line, the textures suave and velvety, firmly tannic, ready for crown roast.
D 92
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Ripe, juicy and elegant with notes of cassis, cigar, sage, oregano and cigar box. Spicy, intense and excellent with food.

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Col Solare, Washington
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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-luxury Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine from their winery and estate vineyard on Washington's Red Mountain.

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Red Mountain

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A coveted source of top quality red grapes among premier Washington producers, the Red Mountain AVA is actually the smallest appellation in the state. As its name might suggest, it is actually neither a mountain nor is it composed of red earth. Instead the appellation is an anticline of the Yakima fold belt, a series of geologic folds that define a number of viticultural regions in the surrounding area. It is on the eastern edge of Yakima Valley with slopes facing southwest towards the Yakima River, ideal for the ripening of grapes. The area’s springtime proliferation of cheatgrass, which has a reddish color, actually gives the area the name, "Red" Mountain.

Red Mountain produces some of the most mineral-driven, tannic and age-worthy red wines of Washington and there are a few reasons for this. It is just about the hottest appellation with normal growing season temperatures commonly reaching above 90F. The soil is particularly poor in nutrients and has a high pH, which results in significantly smaller berry sizes compared to varietal norms. The low juice to skin ratio in smaller berries combined with the strong, dry summer winds, leads to higher tannin levels in Red Mountain grapes.

The most common red grape varieties here are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, among others. Limited white varieties are grown, namely Sauvignon blanc.

The reds of the area tend to express dark black and blue fruit, deep concentration, complex textures, high levels of tannins and as previously noted, have good aging capabilities.

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Cabernet Sauvignon

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe. Inherently high in tannins and acidity, the best bottlings of Cabernet can age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region and forms the base of the Medoc reds, which are typically mostly Cabernet with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. (Enjoying a great deal of success in various regions around the world, this blend is now globally referred to as a Bordeaux Blend.) Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines.

In the Glass

High in color, tannin and extract, Cabernet Sauvignon expresses notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, currant, spice and tobacco. In Bordeaux and elsewhere in the Old World you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it is typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California Washington, Argentina, Chile and Australia, you can typically expect more ripe fruit flavors upfront.

Perfect Pairings

Cabernet Sauvignon is right at home with rich, intense meat dishes—beef, lamb and venison, in particular—where its opulent fruit and decisive tannins make an equal match to the dense protein of the meat. With a mature Cabernet, opt for tender, slow-cooked meat dishes.

Sommelier Secrets

Despite the modern importance and ubiquity of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is actually a relatively young variety. In 1997, DNA profiling revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.

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