2010 Col Solare Columbia Valley Bordeaux Blend (Elsewhere $70)
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)
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)
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)
Antinori again. Lift and interest on beautifully ripe fruit. Really satisfying and lip smacking. Great balance and energy. Not too sweet nor too alcoholic.
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)