2010 Col Solare Columbia Valley Bordeaux Blend (Elsewhere $70)

SKU #1201882 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Dark, concentrated and with a structured, tannic feel, the 2010 Col Solare (90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Malbec) is a longer-term prospect and should be purchased by those with some patience. Smoked black fruits, scorched earth, licorice and graphite give way to a full-bodied, layered, masculine and tannic palate that needs 3-4 years of cellaring. It will have over two decades of ultimate longevity. A partnership with the Antinori family, these efforts are made by Marcus Notaro and focus on their Red Mountain estate vineyard. (JD)  (6/2014)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright medium ruby-red. High-pitched aromas of cassis, violet, licorice and dark chocolate. Juicy, intense and penetrating, displaying insinuating flavors of blackberry, cassis, licorice and minerals lifted by a floral element. Youthfully tight rather than lush today, but with well-judged oakiness and excellent energy. The fruit blows by the firm tannins on the long back end. Plenty of acidity for grip. Built for a graceful evolution in bottle. 92+ (ST)  (11/2013)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Made from 90% Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec sprinkled in, this wine starts out quite reticent, with notes of scorched earth, mocha, herbs, woodspice and cherry. It’s full bodied and very tightly wound at present, with firm, chalky tannins that need significant time in the cellar to stretch their legs. Best after 2018. (SS)  (3/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Antinori again. Lift and interest on beautifully ripe fruit. Really satisfying and lip smacking. Great balance and energy. Not too sweet nor too alcoholic.  (10/2014)

Wine Spectator

 Ripe and expressive, layering herbal and floral aromatics onto a lean core of cherry and spice, finishing with harmony. The tannins are pleasantly restrained. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. (HS, Web-2014)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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Washington

- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5