Wednesday, October 13, 2010

2007 Col Solare Release

An Evening at Col Solare

Evening View of Col Solare

What a lovely time we had last Saturday. My wife and I were at Col Solare for the release of their 2007 Col Solare red wine. We ran into friends and ended up staying longer than planned. A strong crowd attended the event, happy to sample the newly released 2007 vintage and to barrel sample the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon from Klipsun Vineyards. Indeed, there were many cheerful faces. I found the facility quite striking; along with the live music and plentiful finger food, everyone was kept entertained.

Afternoon View of Col Solare from the Vineyards

Col Solare Vineyards in Front of the Winery

Since Col Solare is typically not open to the general public, this was one of the few opportunities to visit the facility and sample their wine. Interestingly, Col Solare is a collaboration between Tuscany’s Marchesi Antinori and Washington State’s Chateau Ste. Michelle. The winery is located on Red Mountain, in the Red Mountain AVA. In 2007 the winery opened and their estate vineyard on Red Mountain was planted. They are producing some excellent wines.

Winemaker Marcus Notaro Pouring the 2007 Col Solare

The 2007 Col Solare is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. A full fact sheet on the 2007 vintage is available here. Marcus Notaro is doing a terrific job as winemaker. He's been the winemaker since the 2003 vintage, you can read his bio here.

Tasting Room Wine Bar

Darel Allwine, Assistant Winemaker, Surrounded by the Crowd
Barrel Sampling 2009 Klipsun Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Patricia Gelles of Klipsun Vineyards Poses for Me

Tasty Glass of 2006 Col Solare

I'm happy to report that we were warmly welcomed by Col Solare and their staff. Everyone seemed pleased to see us and eager to share the story of Col Solare. Wendi Warner, Tasting Room Manager, did a fantastic job Saturday and is excited about upcoming events. Thanks Wendi, it was a pleasure meeting you. I look forward to future visits.

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I'm sorry the photos are not better. I shoot best with a tripod - but I'm unwilling to drag a tripod around with me - I suspect my wife would refuse to go with me if I did.

Cheers!
Klipsun Vineyards: http://www.klipsun.com/