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In our humble estimation, Washington state provides a delicious foil against the high price of Napa Valley and or Bordelais offerings for lovers of top quality claret or claret-inspired wines, but with the added advantage of own-rooted vines. It may also be observed that most wherever one can successfully grow high-quality apples, one can also successfully grow fine wine grapes.

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2011 Col Solare Red Mountain Red Wine 2011 Col Solare Red Mountain Red Wine

A partnership between Chateau Ste. Michelle of Washington state and Marchesi Antinori of Toscana, Italia, 'Col Solare' is Italian for 'shining hill' (actually, Red Mountain, in Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington state). Produce of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 4% Malbec from their own estate vineyards on Red Mountain, with admixture from Four Feathers Vineyard and Klipsun Vineyard, one whiff confirms the very nature of the term vinosité what with complex fermentative aromas suggesting fleshy ripe pitted fruits, say dark cherry and spiced plum, vanilla, shaved dark chocolate, vineyard floor and good old-fashioned pencil shavings; cool on entry, then suave and sophisticated on the tongue, like slipping into velvet trousers, continental, rich, with refined tannins, and all the while firm in flavors that last long and echo true to the promise of the first whiffs.

$62.50 the bottle  $318.78 the case of 6

512 West Sixth Street Austin, Texas 78701-2806 USA
(An easy right turn between San Antonio and Nueces streets)