Sale! 2016 Col Solare Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain at $49!! And still a few weeks left to get your Wine Watch Gift boxes delivered
I'd stop drinking but I'm no quitter.
No one likes a quitter. Drink up it’s the holidays!
Now that it’s December the Wine Bar is only open for private events till after Christmas. We are here late night packing up Wine Watch gift boxes making sure that all the big kids get their wine in time for the holidays. Check out our entire selection of gift boxes at www.winewatch.com/wine-gift-boxes.
We have 29 different boxes up on the web and we can put any wine that we have in the store in a single bottle gift box for $12.75. We can set up delivery locally for $20 or arrange to have your gift shipped anywhere in the world through our third-party shipping company please send us your addresses and which box you would like to ship for an exact shipping quote. There is still time to get your order delivered before Christmas!!
The gift of a Wine Watch gift box is truly a reflection of your sophistication. Every wine chosen for the gift box program is selected for its overall quality and value. I taste thousands of wines at my desk during the year and travel the world to discover new selections as well. Wine Watch is the most unique wine boutique anywhere and the same is true of our gift box presentation. Each wine in our gift box program is accompanied by a winery profile. The collection of winery profiles is bound into an album and included with your gift box along with a custom-made Wine Watch gift card.
We have been a little busy the last week so we have not been able to get out as many e-mails as usual but we still have a few great deals left before the end of the year and there will be more so stay tuned as the end of year deals come out.
We do have a few tastings left this year and the weekend after Christmas the Wine Bar will reopen on Friday night to the public and we have two great tastings to end the year along with our big bottle Big Ballers New Year’s Eve Party.
Friday, December 27, 2019 - 7:30 PM
Vintage Port Tasting Back to 1945 at Wine Watch
Saturday, December 28, 2019 - 7:30 PM
The Big Eight + from Bordeaux's Outstanding 1998 Vintage Wine Tasting
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 - 8:30 PM
Big Bottle Big Ballers New Year’s Party at Wine Watch
One of Washington State’s Finest Wines – At the Best price in the Country!!
If you are even vaguely familiar with Washington state, Col Solare should be a wine that you have heard of it has become one of the iconic wines of Washington State and as of 2007 they have a winery and estate vineyard to draw from giving them the ability to control every aspect of production.
Marchese Piero Antinori, known for his lifelong curiosity about how grapes are grown around the world, journeyed to Washington’s Columbia Valley in 1992 at the urging of Andre Tchelistcheff, a California wine industry legend and then a consultant to Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. In 1995 they produced the first vintage and although much has changed since then, including the varietals in the blend and the vineyards, but the goal has always been to make one of the best wines possible and to forge an identity as one of the most distinctive wines in Washington State.
2016 Col Solare Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain
Price: $75 Sale $49.00
A blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Cabernet Franc all from estate vineyards in Red Mountain. Decadent and rich aromas of cassis, dark currant berry fruit with a host of dark coco, fresh plowed ferrous earth, some of that typical red mountain soils on the nose along with a nice hand of concentrated fruit and oak spice. Big and chewy on the tongue with a good amount of ripe currant berry and black cherry like fruit, a smooth and silky texture, ripe and round tannins very refined on the palate with lots of everything, concentrated and rich but has a firm hand of acidity holding things together with incredible depth of flavors lasting all the way to the end. Finish 50+ Most Excellent
The 2016 vintage on Red Mountain experienced the best of both worlds with a hot spring and early summer, but also a cool fall season. Cooler temperatures in August and September, slowed down ripening and resulted in longer hang time. Overall, 2016 saw very favorable growing conditions, producing wines with ripeness and elegance.
A bit about The Winery:
Col Solare is the partnership between two influential wine producers who are recognized leaders in their respective regions: Tuscany’s Marchesi Antinori and Washington State’s Chateau Ste. Michelle.
From its inaugural 1995 vintage, Col Solare’s mission has been to unite these two unique viticultural and winemaking cultures to produce a world-class Cabernet Sauvignon-based red wine from the very best Washington fruit.
With opening of a new winery and planting of the estate vineyard on Red Mountain in 2007, that vision has evolved to focus on showcasing the Cabernet Sauvignon of this unique AVA and, ultimately, the specific fruit of the Col Solare estate vineyard. While this vineyard is young, Col Solare’s partners and winemaking team have high hopes that it will produce wines to be enjoyed for years to come.
During that trip, Antinori discovered an emerging wine region supported by the zealous leadership of Chateau Ste. Michelle, the Northwest’s oldest and most acclaimed winery, highly regarded for its innovative work within its vineyards and winery.
Antinori’s renowned Solaia and Tignanello wines revolutionized the Italian wine industry in the 1970s with the introduction of Cabernet Sauvignon and French barriques, among other innovations. In Washington, he found old-world character, structure and fruit exspression in the vineyards and cellars. He then turned to Chateau Ste. Michelle to form a partnership, based on the mutual pursuit of grape-growing and winemaking philosophies.
After forming a partnership based on mutual winemaking philosophies, Marchesi Antinori and Chateau Ste. Michelle introduced Col Solare, Italian for “shining hill,” with the 1995 vintage. Cabernet Sauvignon was established as the dominant varietal, and the partners worked closely to forge their two distinct grape-growing and winemaking cultures into Col Solare’s powerful yet silky style.
After spending several years determining the best location to build a winery properly scaled and singularly focused on Col Solare in order to best achieve the wine’s quality potential, Chateau Ste. Michelle President and CEO Ted Baseler and Antinori discovered a site on Red Mountain, where today Col Solare’s winery and estate vineyard reflect the old- and modern-world aesthetics and traditions of the two partners.
When partners Piero Antinori of Marchesi Antinori and Ted Baseler of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates began to look for a site to construct the Col Solare winery, it quickly became clear that Red Mountain, one of the Columbia Valley’s most celebrated sub-appellations, was the ideal spot.
Known for its Cabernet Sauvignon and comprising just over 4,000 acres (about 1,000 acres of which is currently planted with wine grapes), Red Mountain is named for the red-hued native grass that grows on its slopes. Once a backwater eddy during the time of the pre-historic Missoula floods, the soil combination of sand, silt and loam is ideal for growing vinifera grapes.
The tiny Red Mountain appellation is the warmest in Washington state, producing grapes with ripe fruit character, great aromatics, and full tannins. The combination of heat, nutrient-poor soils, low rainfall and cool night temperatures leads to concentrated fruit and wines with amazing structure, power, and elegance – just the qualities we look for in creating every vintage of Col Solare.
Other Red Mountain Wines in the store:
2016 Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain
Price: $29.50 Your Price: $25.96 Quantity in Stock: 29
(93 Points) Deep ruby-colored, the 2016 Red Mountain checks in as a blend of 38% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Syrah, and the rest a mix of red varieties, all aged 20 months in 40% new oak. It offers a great bouquet of pure cassis and darker fruits as well as loads of cedar, dried flowers, and hints of new leather. Medium-bodied, seamless, incredibly pure, and layered, it's straight-up loaded with charm and a joy to drink. There's a decidedly Old World weight and style here, yet it doesn't skimp on fruit either. I'd be thrilled to drink bottles over the coming decade or so. Wine Spectator
2016 Canvasback Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain
Price: $30.00 Your Price: $26.40 Quantity in Stock: 7
Dick Boushey is the vineyard manager, Brian Rudin is the winemaker and this is the latest thing from the folks at Duckhorn. This vintage is a blend of 9% Merlot and 3% Malbec, this wine sees 16 months in 100% French oak, a mixture of new and older neutral oak. On the nose there is good hand of that dirt from this region with red and black currant, dark plum and black cherry fruit, herbs, Asian spices, black licorice and more, very complex bouquet of aromas. Plump and juicy fruit here on the tongue this is a warmer year in Washington but has that hallmark freshness of wines from this area also with a good hand of spice and a lot of that red mountain earth through the finish, tobacco, licorice like notes through the finish, a ripe vintage that is still very young but has lovely balance. Finish 45+ Excellent +
2013 Passing Time Merlot Klipsun Vineyard Red Mountain
Price: $56.25 Your Price: $49.50 Quantity in Stock: 13
Located on the southwest slope of Red Mountain, Klipsun Vineyard grows some of Washington's highest quality wine grapes. Named as one of the Top 25 Vineyards in the World by Wine & Spirits magazine, Klipsun grapes are used in many of Washington's premium wines. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot are among the varieties grown on this 120 acre estate which was founded in 1982 by Patricia and David Gelles.