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1999 Col Solare Red Wine Blend

“Sensational chocolate and caramel aromas join with an earthy note and a hint of tobacco to introduce a wine with generous black currant and black cherry, set off by a trace of allspice. Silky, with both abundant, soft tannins and plenty of muscle, this is a wine of significant dimension.”

– Marcus Notaro, Winemaker


Anyone who doubts the positive effect of “hang time” need only learn more about the 1999 vintage in Washington’s Columbia Valley. What began as a worrisome vintage turned out to be a very memorable year yielding grapes with rich, ripe flavors and excellent balance. Because summer temperatures were cooler than usual, we thinned heavily to ensure ripening. Then, in late August, cool temperatures gave way to a warm September and October. The moderately warm, even temperatures that prevailed throughout September and October resulted in extra hang time for a well-balanced crop. This, combined with the vintage’s small berry size, resulted in grapes brimming with intense flavor and complexity.


70 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 3% Syrah, 2% Malbec