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1996 Col Solare Red Wine Blend

“Deep, dark purple, inky color with plenty of red fruit aromas up front as well as classic black currant cabernet notes and hints of green olive and cedar. In the mouth, flavors include tobacco, black pepper, vanilla, and cedar. This is a massive, lush wine, strongly structured, with plenty of dimension.”

– Marcus Notaro, Winemaker


The 1996 vintage was characterized by unusual weather. A harsh winter was followed by cool temperatures early in the growing season, delaying bud break and flowering by two weeks. However, the ripening period was extended by a similar amount of time and fruit matured during a warm, dry period throughout July and August. Harvest yielded grapes rich in varietal character and of exceptional quality, the result of small berry size and an excellent sugar-to-acid ratio, though total tonnage was somewhat below that of a typical year.


85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot