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In our humble estimation, Washington state provides a delicious foil against the high price of top quality claret or claret-inspired wines from elsewhere, and 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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2013 Col Solare Red Mountain Red Wine
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2013 Col Solare Red Mountain Red Wine 2013 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 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot and 2% Syrah from their own estate vineyards and from neighboring vineyards Shaw/Quintessence, Klipsun, Four Feathers and Kiona Heart of the Hill; 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 grade school-level pencil shavings; cool on entry, then suave and sophisticated on the tongue, rich, with refined tannins, and all the while firm in flavors that last long and echo true to the promise of the first whiffs. Regularly $70.00 the bottle, on sale now at:

$59.50 the bottle

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