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WA94, WA93 Cab and Merlot at a Price Too Low to Show - Limited Opportunity - 04/17/2017 - Cabernet Sauvignon (domestic)

Earning 94 and 93 points respectively the 2013 Super Substance "Northridge Vineyard" Merlot and 2013 "Stoneridge Vineyard" Cab are tremendous buys that warrant serious consideration from anyone who enjoys beautifully crafted reds that are long on depth, extraction, and power. Making things even more tempting we were recently able to negotiate the price down so significantly we can hardly believe the outrageous value ourselves. This all the more impressive when you consider the Wine Advocate compares the Merlot to a “top flight Pomerol” - a wine that can cost three to four times the price of what you are paying here. Both are 100% varietally correct and beautifully capture the expressive terroir of the individual sites, but then we’ve come to expect nothing less from Wines Of Substance - a stalwart of Washington State winemaking. In a wine buying landscape that’s filled with Cab and Merlot options, these 2013s are true standouts that will offer loads of drinking pleasure both in the near term and for the next decade or more. While we were able to secure a solid allocation quantities are always limited from these single vineyard sites, so don’t delay in making your purchase.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2013 Super Substance "Northridge Vineyard" Wahluke Slope Merlot (Elsewhere $55) 94 Price: Hidden View
2013 Super Substance "Stoneridge Vineyard" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $55) 93 Price: Hidden View


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2013 Super Substance "Northridge Vineyard" Wahluke Slope Merlot (Elsewhere $55) Price: Hidden

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Reviewed last year under the K Vintners label, the 2013 Super Substance Merlot Northridge is a serious effort thats reminiscent of a top flight Pomerol. It sports a deep ruby/purple color as well as ample black currants, plums, wet clay and earth in a rich, full-bodied, concentrated, layered package thats already hard to resist. Nevertheless, I suspect it will be even better with 2-3 years of bottle age and drink well over the following 10-15 years. 94+ points. (JD)" (06/2016)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* Brooding aromas of blackberry seed, black currant and licorice are followed by a full-bodied palate, with a tight core of dark-fruit flavors supported by fine-grained tannins. Its near irresistible, showing impeccable styling. (SS)" (02/2017)

90 points Vinous: "Healthy medium red. More serious on the nose than the Stoneridge Vineyard Merlot, offering aromas of red cherry, plum, licorice and spices. More concentrated and densely packed as well, in a more complex, delineated, Bordeaux-like direction. Really fills the mouth and expands on the back end, with the tannins more effectively buffered by fruit than those of the Stoneridge Vineyard example. Boasts very good energy for such a ripe wine; in fact, I never would have guessed that it was carrying 15% alcohol. (ST)" (11/2016)

Staff ImageStephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 30, 2017

Deep plum, blackberry, cocoa, slate and earthy hues dominate this juicy, bold Washington Merlot. This wine is 100% Merlot that's aged in predominately new barrique barrels that translates to big tannin and complexity on the palette. I think this wine would be even better with some more bottle age on it, 5+ years.

Staff ImageAnthony Gittings | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 24, 2017

. This is a great Merlot for California Merlot drinkers. Big plum, cherries and savory herbs jump out at first glance. A full bodied and powerful wine that packs it full of richness. Juicy acid play perfectly with earth tones, currants, and blackberries. A long finish makes this a perfect accompaniment to hearty meats, grilled mushrooms or just good company.

Staff ImageAndrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 24, 2017

I am primarily aware of Charles Smith for his high end Syrah under the auspices of K Vintner and his value driven Bordeaux blends (although his newer project Casa Smith is excellent as well). Seeing that we had brought in several cases of the Super Substance label intrigued me, and I was so glad we got to open this wine. Not surprisingly to me, this is a very well done Merlot that captures the dark rich blackberry and plum notes of Merlot without being too sweet. Rather this is a well balanced and soft wine, with plenty of juicy fruit but that does not go overboard in any way.

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2013 Super Substance "Stoneridge Vineyard" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $55) Price: Hidden

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Super Substance Cabernet Sauvignon Stoneridge has a sexy profile (compared to the Merlot Stoneridge) and has amble black currants, licorice, graphite and spice to go with medium to full-bodied richness, ultra-fine tannin, solid mid-palate concentration and a great finish. Like all of the wines here, the winemaking is impeccable and while this can be enjoyed in its youth, it will have 15+ years of longevity as well. (JD)" (06/2016)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Being 100% varietal, the aromas of black currant, boysenberry, graphite and cherry are piercing and pure. The palate puts and emphasis on texture, showing layers of lightly jammy dark fruit flavors that pique the interest, with a long finish only upping the enjoyment. (SS)" (02/2017)

91 points Vinous: "(13.5% alcohol): Dark red. Good spicy lift to the aromas of dark berries and redcurrant; comes across as more primary on the nose than the Jack's Vineyard Cabernet. This wine also conveys a lower-pH impression, showing excellent energy and spicy lift on the middle palate and long back end, which features smooth, fine-grained tannins. Higher-pitched than the Jack's Vineyard version, made from small clusters that yielded just 1.75 tons per acre in 2013, according to Leighton. (ST)" (11/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe and rich, with dried cherry, mint and cardamom flavors that glow brightly against fine-grained tannins, finishing with polish. Drink now through 2020. (HS)" (12/2016)

Staff ImageStephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 30, 2017

This is a powerful Washington Cabernet that has bold fruit flavors and nice balance. Cinnamon spice, plumy jam and ripe red cherry notes flourish in the glass. The palette is dry, full of plump fruit and subtle minerality and finishes with fine tannin. If you like big, bold Cabs, this is for you!

Staff ImageAnthony Gittings | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 24, 2017

This is rich and powerful Cabernet Sauvignon. Blackberries, licorice, and cherry notes give way to a full bodied structured wine. Soft tannin and juicy acid are well balanced and integrated. A flinty dry finish helps polish off this outstanding wine.