2006 Col Solare

Col Solare is an effort by two partner companies to produce an ultra-premium red wine that uses fruit from the famous Columbia Valley in Washington State. It is headed up by Marchese Piero Antinori who arrived Washington back in 1992 – he met Ted Baseler of Chateau Ste. Michelle and the two hooked up.

The three principle men behind Col Solare are its winemaker, Marcu Nutaro, Head Enologist, Renzo Cotarella and Senior VP Doug Gore. These three men have been producing wines for a few years now under this label and have garnered wide acclaim.

Technical Data:

  • 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Syrah
  • Appellation: Columbia Valley
  • Sourcing: 27% Red Mountain, 35% Columbia Valley, 19% Wahluke Slope, 14% Horse Heaven HIlls
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Total Acidity: .58
  • ph: 3.77
  • Price: $75

Nose: Burnt wick from a Christmas candle, black cherries, raspberries, beets, leather, carmel and dark chocolate.

Taste: Chocolate-coverd dark berries hit the front palate with an onslaught. I do get some of that candle wick action across the mid palate along with great tannin structure and mouth feel. The finish is quite long and lingers very nicely – I get a good hint of black licorice on the finish as well.

This is a very solid bottle of wine and frankly one I’d love to taste again in a few years, however, for me – right now – it’s not really commanding its $75 price tag. I’ve had bottles half its price that can easily compare but I know there are a lot of folks who really enjoy this wine and gladly pay full retail for it. Ultimately, as always, you need to taste this wine for yourself and embrace your own palate.

W.E.P. Rating: 80%