Cabernet Sauvignon and a splash of Cabernet Franc
Aromas of black currants, dried fruit and cherry blend with subtle notes of anise, spice and cocoa. Tannins are rich and refined on the finish, a characteristic of Red Mountain fruit, with flavors of berries, black fruit and cocoa.
The powerful Cabernet Sauvignon from the house Col Solare flows into the glass with a dense purple red. At the edge, this red wine also shows a transition to garnet red. If you give it some air in the wine glass by swirling, this red wine reveals a high density and fullness, which is shown in clear church windows at the edge of the glass. The nose of this red wine from Washington enchants with aromas of black currant, raisins, dried fruit and blueberry. It is its fruit-driven nature that makes this wine so special. (Tasted: October 2020)
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain is all varietal and spent 22 months in new French oak. Coming from a mix of the Sol Solare, Quintessence, Shaw, and Kina vineyards, its deep purple hue is followed by a beautifully balanced, medium to full-bodied Cabernet with lots of currant fruits, violets, and silky tannins, and a great finish. Drink this beauty over the coming 15 years or so.
Also blended with a splash of Cabernet Franc, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon opens with dark blackberry essence. Full-bodied and weighted on the palate, the wine offers a balanced frame and some tight tannins that will loosen in time before. The wine ends with flavors of cedar and plum reduction on the long, drawn-out finish. It’s always good and constantly dependable.
(11th December 2020)
A rather lean, gritty-textured cabernet with lots of iodine, blackberry and confer undertones. Full-bodied, tight and rich. Better in 2021. Drink or hold.
Savory and well-proportioned, with a fervent structure of tannin and acid, balanced by deep blackberry and green olive flavors. Drink now through 2029. (July 2021)
The aromas are reticent initially, with notes of coffee, anise, dried herb, cherry and tar. The flavors are fleshy and straight down the fairway, with plenty of structure behind them. Give it time in the cellar to see it at its best. Sean P. Sullivan (September 2021)
Col Solare’s flagship red, this has a demonstrative cedar scent and flavors of blueberry and black cherry. It’s a powerful wine, dense and tannic, with a furry, suedelike texture that stops just short of excess. It needs time in the cellar before uncorking it for lamb.
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