Col Solare is the name of a winery fruit of the cooperation between two wine producers: the italian iconic Antinori family and Washington State’s Chateau Ste Michelle winery. The new project started in the Columbia Valley, an area famous for its cabernet sauvignon, extended for more than 4000 acres, half of which planted with wine grapes. Marchese Piero Antinori and Andre Tchelistcheff (consultant to Ste. Michelle Wine Estates) chose inside there the warm Red Mountain sub-appellation, characterized by nutrient-poor soils, low rainfall and excellent day-night temperature.
Current winemaker Darel Allwine takes special attention both in vineyard and in cellar, beginning with an accurate study of the vintage and the seasonal characteristics, to ensure the correct grapes balance between ripe fruit, great flavors and tannins. In the cellar Allwine follows and guides the fermentation process to turn the must into the wine he is looking for, by year, and leaves it mature into brand new french oak.
This 2016 vintage, made of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Cabernet Franc, shows an incredible state of grace with a dark, opaque fruits color. The rich aromas are dominated by notes of such crème de cassis, black and blue fruits, currants, cinnamon and dried rose, and toasted spices, vanilla and chocolate twist. In the mouth the wine shows its full body and concentration but unexpectedly spreads a sensation of great freshness contributing to an elegant and well-balanced progression that finishes long and with few tannins.
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