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 Vintage2006 Label 1 of 5 
ProducerCol Solare (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
DesignationShining Hill
SubRegionColumbia Valley
AppellationColumbia Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2018 (based on 3 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.8 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 13 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by bzukaitis on 5/31/2015 & rated 87 points: Not quite as powerful as I would expect from a WA wine from this producer. Does not look like this will improve either. (180 views)
 Tasted by mmoss on 3/1/2013 & rated 90 points: Decanted for over an hour before trying. It wasn't until the last glass at about 2-2 1/2 hours where the wine finally opened. When it did it was a great well rounded metlot blend. (1915 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/2/2012 & rated 88 points: A bit stark, muddled and uninspired for my taste. (2164 views)
 Tasted by DSP on 11/17/2012 & rated 92 points: Black cherries and mocha on the palate. Nice grippy, chewy tannins and a long finish. Lots of fruit, but very well-structured - really enjoyed this. Opens up with some air, so recommend decanting. Surprising amount of sediment. (2039 views)
 Tasted by wahoo70 on 6/7/2012 & rated 91 points: Dark, fruit-driven and harmonious. Translucent ruby purple color; enticing nose of blacurrants and other dark fruit, dark mocha, and a vegetal broccoli note; wonderful fruit, but under control, with earthy mocha in the background and lovely chewy tannins for balance; great finish, with black cherries and a bit of swamp at the end. Gosh, what a lovely surprise - really enjoyed this. 56% merlot, 36% cab. sauvignon, 8% syrah. (2585 views)
 Tasted by cstir on 10/16/2011 & rated 88 points: Initial taste was great but no depth; mild tannins without developing texture; average finish. (3147 views)
 Tasted by vinoceros on 3/31/2010 & rated 92 points: Dark and inky out of the bottle. A little breathing did well for this - black cherry and some herbs. Long finish. (1929 views)

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By Richard Hemming
JancisRobinson.com (1/19/2012)
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Col Solare

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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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