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.
93 Points The Wine Advocate
CABERNET SAUVIGNON from Klipsun
(Red Mountain), Cold Creek (Columbia Valley),
Coyote Canyon (Horse Heaven Hills), and Kiona
Heart of the Hill (Red Mountain) provided great
ripeness and power, while Cabernet fruit from Hedges
(Red Mountain), Four Feathers (Columbia Valley),
and Stone Tree (Wahluke Slope) along with MERLOT
from Coyote Canyon (Horse Heaven Hills) was more
fruit-centered and helped soften the blend. Merlot
from Four Feathers and Klipsun (Red Mountain),
added both power and complexity, while CABERNET
FRANC from Cold Creek added black fruits and spice
to the final blend. A small amount of Syrah from
Ranch at the End of the Road (Red Mountain) was
also added to increase mouthfeel and texture.
Winemaker’s notes “Rich and full of flavor,
this 2008 vintage of Col Solare offers aromatics of
cassis, black fruit, and tobacco, and an elegant, silky,
– Marcus Notaro, Winemaker
Vintners 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, Italian for “shining hill,”
realizes the partners’ mission to unite two unique
viticultural and winemaking cultures to produce an
ultra-luxury Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine.