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Wine of the Week: Col Solare 2008 (WA) $75

By June 12, 2012

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The 2008 Col Solare, Italian for "shining hill," offers an extraordinary Cab-based blend sourced from some of Washington's most familiar wine regions and heavy-hitting appellations (namely Red Mountain, Columbia Valley, Wahluke Slope and Horse Heaven Hills).  Col Solare is an exceptional collaboration showcasing the winemaking prowess of two of the wine world's proven powerhouses, Chateau Ste. Michelle and Italy's Marchesi Antinori.

The 2008 vintage brings remarkable body, depth and power to the glass with layers of dark plum, black cherry and blackberry fruit, sweet tobacco nuances and warm vanilla spice supported by significant structure and well-managed tannins. Complexity, character and a natural, persistent elegance pursue this wine from flavor-filled start to seamless finish, making it a top pick for celebrating Father's Day this coming Sunday.

Perfect for pairing with Dad's day favorites from grilled game to filet mignon and beyond, the 2008 Col Solare packs a fairly full-body, plenty of intensity, and a weighty focus.  While enjoyable and immensely drinkable now, this red will only improve from some additional cellar time.

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June 13, 2012 at 12:19 pm
(1) Shawn says:

Excellent pick for your wine of the week. Col Solare has been a secret gem here in the Great Northwest, and now everyone will know about this terrific wine. One of my favorites!

June 13, 2012 at 7:19 pm
(2) Ted Curtis says:

The 2006 Col Solare is unbelievable. I am laying down 6
bottles, and looking at 5 years inbetween tastes!..

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