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    Col Solare 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends - Columbia Valley, Washington

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    • W&S94
    • RP93
    Price: $85.00
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 94 Wine & Spirits, 93 The Wine Advocate, 92 Wine Spectator, 91 Wine Enthusiast

    Region: Columbia Valley, Washington

    Varietal: Bordeaux Red Blends

    Other Info: Collectible Wines

    Style: Big & Bold

    Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 98765

    Winemaker's Notes:

    Aromas of black cherry, currants, and blackberry blend with subtle notes of vanilla and milk chocolate. Tannins are rich and refined on the finish, a characteristic of Red Mountain fruit, with flavors of berries, black fruit, and cocoa.

    72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Syrah

    Critical Acclaim:

    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 it's the wine’s texture—wiry, energetic and completely poised—that may have you returning over and over to the glass. This is seriously elegant, and still very young. Cellar, then serve with herb-crusted lamb chops.

    94 Points
    Wine & Spirits

    The 2006 Col Solare is a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, and the balance Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Syrah. The wine was aged in 75% French and 25% American oak, 100% new. Deep crimson-colored, it displays a captivating perfume of sandalwood, lavender, incense, spice box, black cherry, black currant, and a hint of chocolate. Medium-bodied, elegant, and already complex, it has layers of succulent fruit, impeccable balance, and a lengthy, pure finish. It will continue to evolve for another 4-6 years and offer a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2026.

    93 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    A polished red, delivering a lively mouthful of blueberry and currant fruit shaded with nice hints of cream and white pepper. The finish lingers seductively. This is distinctive and much smoother in texture than previous vintages. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and others. Drink now through 2014. 11,000 cases made.

    92 Points
    Wine Spectator

    Col Solare, the collaboration between Ste. Michelle and Antinori, brought in the first estate grapes this year, but it will be awhile before it becomes an estate wine. The current vintage uses five varieties from a half dozen vineyards scattered across four different AVAs. It’s soft, fruity and open, with a firm core of black fruits wrapped into lightly smoky, polished tannins.

    91 Points
    Wine Enthusiast
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    Jboles (3/17/2012)
    this is the second vintage of this wine I bought. I loved the first one and liked this equally as well. It's a very smooth wine and can be paired with food or drank alone. We opened for some California wine snub friends and they loved it.
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    myboat53 (1/13/2012)
    This was a great wine. Very smooth, soft. Black cherry, vanilla, currants. A little chocolately. A great blend. When you can get this on sale, it's a fantastic bargain.
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    hanskneller (11/5/2012)
    Had this wine for our anniversary this year... we're buying more to shelf, does that say enough? Opened the second bottle because we drank all our cheap stuff during Hurricane Sandy. So sad the price went up, but it's definitely worth buying again!
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    Drew Coleman (10/9/2011)
    Pretty tasty. Someone told me it was as good as Caymus. I disagree with that. Value for the dollar is the issue. Great wine but not for the money.
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    pranky (4/20/2012)
    nice
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