Seattle Release Party for Col Solare

We met Col Solare‘s resident winemaker, Marcus Notaro, at the Auction of Washington Wines picnic at Chateau Ste. Michelle yesterday, and we had an opportunity to taste their just-released 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon blend. We also met Gracie, who is the friendly manager of the @Col Solare Twitter account. (More on Twitter in a minute!)

All I have to say is this: If you like  full-bodied red blends, try this one at Col Solare’s release party on Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at the Palace Ballroom in Seattle.

Want to know more? Col Solare is a complex blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Syrah. And it’s the first vintage made start-to-finish at their Red Mountain estate winery.

But don’t let me influence you – look at the tasting notes and decide for yourself: Aromas of black cherry, currants, and blackberry blend with subtle notes of vanilla and milk chocolate. Tannins are rich and refined on the finish, a characteristic of Red Mountain fruit, with flavors of berries, black fruit, and cocoa.

Tickets to the release party are $30, or you can follow @Col Solare on Twitter, like I do, and ask how you can enter the contest to win free tickets.

And while you’re at it, you can follow me on Twitter too: @writeforwine

And yes, I will write more soon about the AWW picnic!