2016 Col Solare Red
2016 Col Solare Red; Columbia Valley, Washington
Winemaker Notes; This 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of black cherry, currants, cinnamon and rose petals 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, dried fruit and cocoa that lingers forever.
JD97 Jeb Dunnuck; Stunning stuff, and possibly the finest vintage to date for this wine, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon comes all from the estate on Red Mountain and is 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Cabernet Franc brought up all in new French oak. Gorgeous notes of crème de cassis, toasted spices, white flowers, and subtle oak all emerge from this super-rich, concentrated, full-bodied Cabernet that stays perfectly balanced and elegant. It has plenty of upfront appeal and shows a soft, sexy profile, yet it has ample tannins, remarkable purity, and a great finish, all promising 20+ years of longevity. Hats off to the team for this killer wine.
Cabernet,Merlot,Syrah blends incorporate some of the world’s most popular red wine grape varieties, each of which are grown in almost every wine-producing country on earth. The Cabernet grapes (both Cabernet Sauvignon and, to a lesser extent, Cabernet Franc) are both classic blending partners for Merlot, whether individually or together.
Columbia Valley, in the southeastern corner of Washington State, is one of the United States’ largest official wine regions. The area covers just over 11 million acres (4.5 million hectares), of which 40,000 acres (16,000ha) are under vine.The Columbia Valley AVA is centered around the Columbia River and its tributaries: the Walla Walla, Yakima and Snake rivers.
Col Solare is a joint venture between Washington’s Chateau Ste. Michelle and Italy’s Marchesi Antinori, producing a signature Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend from Columbia Valley. The wine was first released in 1995 and aims to reflect the producers’ mutual winemaking philosophies and unique backgrounds in the industry.