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 Vintage2005 Label 1 of 5 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2006 vintage.)
ProducerCol Solare (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
DesignationShining Hill
SubRegionColumbia Valley
AppellationColumbia Valley
UPC Code(s)088586003585

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2014 (based on 2 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.1 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 19 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by golfhawk on 7/9/2014 & rated 88 points: Was very different to what I was expecting. I should decant the next bottle just to see if the funk blows off. I hope that I didn't wait too long. (834 views)
 Tasted by smkl123 on 4/4/2012 & rated 88 points: Deep red. Full body, but not very smooth. Opened up a bit after about 30 min. Didnt dislike, but didnt love. (2635 views)
 Tasted by NJ BIG CHRIS on 7/24/2011 & rated 91 points: if the finish were longer the score would be higher... (3454 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 6/9/2011: Love this wine! (3567 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 6/4/2011: Big/full bodied, smooth finish... All around EXCELLENT. (3567 views)
 Tasted by Mindmuse on 4/3/2011 & rated 90 points: Report on day two of leftovers from a tasting. Dark garnet. Black plums, charcoal, espresso, earth. I thought more American than French oak, although the fact sheet says other way around, but maybe the American was newer. Medium body with surprising fore-palate cut. More of a volcanic rock flavor overlaying the dark fruit and chocolate, dark roast coffee. Ripe tannins finish. It's solid and a terroir-esque wine I guess, but nothing quite rising to a level of especial interest. But very possibly will develop some of that over time if held longer. (2447 views)
 Tasted by NJ BIG CHRIS on 4/3/2011 & rated 91 points: super smooth. (3352 views)
 Tasted by GlenviewGSW on 3/19/2011 & rated 90 points: A nice wine but not very complex. Smooth with integrated tannins and well balanced but a fairlynstraightforward flavor profile and finish (2393 views)
 Tasted by cyc on 2/24/2011 & rated 89 points: After reading the glowing reviews on CT I feel let down. This is a wine that is clearly trying to hit all the marks but comes up a bit short on all of them. Color is deep garnet. On the nose, black fruit, oak and a bit of a floral component. On the palate, more black fruit, more oak, a bit of spice, and non-astringent but still fairly bitter tannins. (2528 views)
 Tasted by bellevuemike on 2/5/2011 & rated 94 points: This is a wine you give to someone who doesn't yet like red wine. Soft, elegant, and luscious. Very smooth and integrated tannins. Beautiful boysenberry fruit. Money. (2642 views)
 Tasted by ethralls on 1/2/2010 & rated 91 points: Recommend decanting. Chocolates, cassis and raspberries on the nose. Black fruit and spice on the palate with a long finish. Very tasty and blossoms throughout the evening (3336 views)
 Tasted by linserge on 9/21/2009: much better on day 3! I was surprised by the force of the tannins on this domestic "red", but able to appreciate some fruit on day1. Enter day 3, when tannins had mellowed and luscious fruit dominated without being at all cloying. Surprise! (3379 views)
 Tasted by mmurry on 6/13/2009 & rated 89 points: Customer is the Critic! (Farpointe Cellar): The nose had sweet raspberry and black currant, with hints of oak and spice. The palate had black currant, spice, oak, and some raspberry on the finish. (3680 views)
 Tasted by winelover1 on 1/9/2009 & rated 91 points: Very good. Baby Col Solare. Need to buy more. Great blended fruit. Needs cellaring to expand on it's finish. Plums, black fruit throughout. (3534 views)

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Col Solare

Producer Website

Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.


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Washington Wine Commission | Credit to Washingtonwine.org for this article

Washington Wine
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

With 30,000+ acres planted, the state has ideal geography and conditions for growing premium vinifera wine grapes. Primarily grown on their own root stocks, the vines produce grapes of consistent quality, resulting in strong vintages year after year. While its focus is on Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the region also produces a wide range of other spectacular whites and reds.

Winemakers from all over the world have chosen to establish themselves in Washington, where they can create wines reflecting this region's unique characteristics. Their hand-crafted wines are receiving wide acclaim from critics regionally, nationally and internationally for their consistently high quality. Many of them have received scores of 90 and above from the major wine media. Overall this is a higher percentage than other leading wine regions.

As the state's fourth largest fruit crop, the Washington wine industry is an important contributor to the long-term preservation of Washington agriculture. The industry is committed to sustainable agricultural practices and conservation of water resources.
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

Washington produces more than 20 wine grape varieties - a ratio of 56 percent white to 44 percent red. As the industry matures and experiments, it finds many grape varieties that thrive throughout Washington's microclimates. There are more than 16,000 vineyard acres of red wine varieties statewide.

History & Vintages
Washington's wine future is limitless. As consumers discover the quality of Washington wines, demand continues to grow nationally and internationally. New acreage and wine varietals are being planted and new wineries are opening at a remarkable pace. Washington State is recognized as a premium viticultural region around the world.

State Facts
Washington's wine industry generates more than $3 billion to the state economy. It employs more than 14,000 people, directly and indirectly, with projections to add nearly 2,000 more jobs by 2006. In terms of tax revenues accrued to the state and federal government, wine grapes are among the highest tax generators of any agricultural crops. Furthermore, Washington wine tourism attracts nearly two million visitors annually contributing to the positive growth of local and regional economies.

Washington State - the perfect climate for wine = ideal growing conditions, quality wines, business innovation, lifestyle, and social responsibility. All are key elements of this world-class wine industry.

Columbia Valley

Columbia Cascade Winery Association

The Columbia Valley AVA lies mostly in Washington state, with a small section in Oregon. The Cascade Range forms its western boundary with the Palouse regions bordering the area to the east. To the north, the Okanogan National Forest forms a border with the AVA and Canada. It encompasses the valleys formed by the Columbia River and its tributaries, including the Walla Walla River, the Snake River, and the Yakima River. The Columbia valley stretches between the 46th parallel and 47th parallel which puts it in line with the well known French wine growing regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy. The northern latitude gives the areas two more hours of additional daylight during the summer growing season than wine regions of California receive. The volcanic and sandy loam soil of the valley offers good drainage and is poor in nutrients, ideal in forcing the vine to concentrate its resources into the grape clusters.

Columbia Valley

Columbia Valley Winery Association

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