Col Solare https://www.colsolare.com/
This is a really spectacular wine, but it is hard to find on the East Coast. Here’s what you should know:
Piero Antinoiri (the patriarch of the family making fine wines in Tuscany, including Tignanello, since the 14th century) and Ted Baseler of Chateau Ste. Michelle agreed to make a wine to represent the very best of the Pacific Northwest – on Red Mountain in the Columbia Valley. They began producing wines together in 1995, combining centuries of Antinori expertise and Baseler’s local knowledge of the climate and soils.
There is a subtle richness to this wine and you can immediately know it was made with care and experience. The flavors and aromas are a deep black cherry, some black fruit and chocolate. The tannins are refined and give the wine a full mouthfeel. It is quite spectacular and, I think, good value at the price. It also has a different lineage and story to tell than a California Cab.
As for the details, it is 97% Cabernet and a touch of Cab Franc. The wine was aged in new French oak for 22 months and the alcohol, at 14.5%, is on the high side.