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Wines Of Substance 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Charles Smith, Columbia Valley

Wines Of Substance 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Charles Smith, Columbia Valley

92
Wine Advocate

Superstar winemaker Charles Smith saw a great opportunity when the Wines of Substance label became available. The Wine Spectator reported that "He purchased the brand in 2013 and has re-thought the id...

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About Wines Of Substance 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Charles Smith, Columbia Valley

Superstar winemaker Charles Smith saw a great opportunity when the Wines of Substance label became available. The Wine Spectator reported that "He purchased the brand in 2013 and has re-thought the idea. "If you're making a brand called Wines of Substance, shouldn't the wines be substantial?" He asked. He's making the new wines in the same style as his own Charles Smith and K Vintners, using open-top fermentors and indigenous yeast to ferment grapes from good vineyards. He has no plans to purchase bulk wine." This 2014 Cab is sourced from just 2 premium vineyards; Goose Ridge, a south-facing site adjacent to Red Mountain, planted in 1999 that receives less than 8 inches of rainfall annually. It consistently yields fruit of exceptional character and complexity; and Frenchman Hills, about a 30-minute drive north of the Wahluke Slope. It's a cooler site, partly because of its higher elevation at 1650 feet. Grapes here hang longer without accumulating excessive sugar (and thus, higher alcohols) while still managing to retain beautiful acidity. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon; it macerated 42 days on the skins and was aged 12 months on the lees in 50% new French oak barrels. The Wine Advocate scored this 92 points saying "One of the best values I've tasted in a long time, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon from the team at K Vintners was hand-harvested, natively fermented and aged all in French oak. Smoking good notes of cassis, black currants and hints of plum all emerge from this rich, beautifully textured, layered beauty that has solid tannic grip, a silky, elegant texture and a great finish. It has real elegance and finesse and is a dark fruited, unctuous beauty to drink over the coming 3-4 years."

Wine Details

  • Alcohol % 14.5%
  • Bottle Size 750 ml
  • Wine Type Red
  • Country United States
  • Region Washington

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