At Santé Magazine, we are always looking for insight from the experts: sommeliers who keep up with the latest trends and are always interesting to their guests.
We asked Wine Butler Jennifer Sollinger of the St. Regis Atlanta to recommend one of her favorite Bordeaux-style blends. Sollinger, with experience working for top establishments such as El Gaucho and Wolfgang Puck, chose Col Solare, a collaboration between the well-known producers, Marcus Nataro from Chateau Stes Marchesi Antinori. Here is what she had to say:
Col Solare, translates from Italian as shining Hill, is a classic example of a Bordeaux blend coming from Washington State. It gives a beautiful expression of Cabernet Sauvignon, blended with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and a small percentage of Malbec. The palate offers a silkiness given from the blending of the Merlot, and the richness from Cabernet Sauvignon of black fruits, slight cassis, and tobacco. Powerful tannins are present along with a lingering finish that lends to the offering of one of our savory entrees. Although this powerful wine can be enjoyed alone, food will only enhance the Col s beauty. The Astor Court offers a Short Rib with whipped horseradish mashed potatoes, wine braised ciopolini onions, exotic mushroom fricassee, natural braising jus as a natural pairing. Currently on our wine list is the 2009 vintage priced at $190.