More approachable, yet still beautiful, the 2011 Col Solare checks in as a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 4% Malbec. It exhibits classy ripe black currants, charred meats, licorice and toasty notes to go with a full-bodied, layered and seamless feel on the palate. Lacking the back-end level of concentration found in the 2010, it is nevertheless beautifully balance and seamless, with fine tannin showing on the finish. Give it a year or two and drink it through 2026.
A partnership with the Antinori family, these efforts are made by Marcus Notaro and focus on their Red Mountain estate vineyard.
92 points from Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
“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.”
– Marcus Notaro, Winemaker