A Dynamic Duo from Tuscany and Washington

In 1995 the world saw the first vintage of Col Solare, meaning “Shining Hill” in Italian. In 1992, seeing the success of the powerhouse collaboration at Opus One, Marchese Piero Antinori, producer of such wines as Tignanello & Solaia, took a trip to Washington State to look into collaborating with a winery there. After meeting with the legendary Andre Tchelistcheff, who was a consultant for Chateau Ste. Michelle, Antinori decided this was who he would partner with in Washington State.

Col Solare’s second label is called “Shining Hill”, the literal translation of the wineries name. Just like the wineries flagship, Shining Hill is a classic Bordeaux Blend with a hint of local Columbia Valley flare. The Shining Hill is made up of extra lots of the same fruit that goes into the much pricier flagship wine. Shining Hill offers some truly high quality wine for half the price of it’s peers…

The Vintage:
2007-Near Perfect Growing Conditions with a warm spring, hot summer, & a cool and even August & September.

The Blend:
64% Cabernet Sauvignon; 16% Merlot; 10% Syrah; 5% Petit Verdot; 4% Malbec; 1% Carmenere

The Tasting Note: “I had the pleasure to taste this wine over a number of hours over the weekend and it continued to over-deliver. It possessed a truly unique nose with a wide spectrum of aromatics ranging from Stewed Black Fruit to Smoky Tar to Baking Spices, Bacon Fat, & Cool Menthol. The wine enters the palate with a velvety, enveloping richness that lingers for well over a minute on the long finish. The tannins are silky and very nicely integrated. This wine is drinking wonderfully right now. Don’t wait!”

The Score: Mysomm Rating-4.4 of 5

MySomm’s Price: $37.69