Col Solare Estate Vineyard was designed and planted according to speci cations that Marchesi Antinori uses in its own estate vineyards in Tuscany and Umbria. The orientation, spacing and density were matched with the site to ensure uniform ripening and fruit quality.
First Harvest Date
Full crop, 2010
Acres By Variety
Cabernet Sauvignon, 18.15; Merlot, 2.39; Cabernet Franc, 2.24; Malbec, 1.87; Syrah, 1.82; Petit Verdot, 1.63
2,000 plants per acre; 7’ between rows
Sandy loam with high calcium carbonate content and high pH, good drainage and medium to light soils
With the winery at its apex, the vineyard was planted in a radial pattern, like the sun’s rays, which follows the natural contours of the site. Bordeaux varieties and Syrah were sited on the vineyard according to their sensitivity to prevailing wind patterns, and the solar and shade angles during the day.
Training, Trellising Systems
Single Cordon training system, in a high-density vineyard, allows a short, single cordon to establish uniform growth and fruiting. The Vertical Shoot Positioning trellising system ef ciently manages vine uniformity and fruit exposure.
One of Washington State’s warmest sites with great variation between day and night temperatures. Average annual rainfall is 6” to 8”.
Moderate vigor and small berries with thick skins are typical from Red Mountain vineyards.
Early bud break, early harvest
Big, bold fruit with deep color; intense concentration, structure and complexity; high tannin are typical from Red Mountain vineyards.