2016 Wines Of Substance Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1350408 93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The largest production cuvée, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon was vinified in tank before being pressed to barrel where it went through malo. Aged 13 months in barrels, its vibrant purple color is followed by a terrific bouquet of blueberries, cassis, scorched earth, and spice. Deep, rich, full-bodied, and beautifully balanced, this is the real deal, ladies and gentlemen, and it's a no-brainer purchase. Just pretend you paid three times the price.  (4/2018)

92 points James Suckling

 The is a firm and linear red with currants, blackberries and hints of chocolate. Medium to full body, firm and velvety, chewy tannins and a juicy finish. Real cabernet at a real price. Drink or enjoy.  (5/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The wine offers up classic aromas of crushed cassis, loamy soil and pencil lead. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, layered and flavorful, with chewy but ripe tannins and succulent balancing acids, concluding with good length. Considering the scale of this cuvée and the pittance it commands, it's a remarkable achievement. (WK)  (6/2018)

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/6/2018 | Send Email
The 2016 Substance Cab from K Vintners is yet again an exemplary bottling showing how impressive even entry level price point Washington Cabs can be. Packed with black and blue fruit, currant leaf, cigar box, dried herbs and spice. Lovely varietal definition, refined tannins and plush texture. As Jeb Dunnuck suggests: “Just pretend you paid three times the price.”
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Staff Image By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/21/2018 | Send Email
The last few years this has been one of the best value Cabs in the store and I adore the new 2016. It is a big, rich style of Cabernet that shows it's Washington roots. But what the 2016 achieves over the 2015 is a touch more balance and tension at a young age. And make no mistakes, at $15 most of these will be opened early so that accessibility is a big win. Packed with deep red and black fruit, it carries notes of chocolate, sage, and vanilla. It that perfect punches-above-its-weight domestic Cabernet that's often sought and rarely found. If this was from California it would easily be $30. Simply put, it's hard to find this much wine for $15, just one of the reasons it is a bottle I find myself going back to again and again.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
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Washington

- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.