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WA94-96 Single Vineyard Cabernet at a Remarkable Price - 01/04/2018 - Cabernet Sauvignon (domestic)

Here’s another powerhouse Cab from winemaking madcap Charles Smith. We’d happily offer this 94-96 pointer at its standard retail price, but thanks to a special deal from our distributor, we’re able to send it out for sliver of what you’d normally pay. The only catch is you have to sign-up for our Insider’s Advantage program to see precisely how just great a deal it is. (But trust us, it’s worth well worth the added step). Coming on the heels of a #2 Wine of the Year award from Wine Spectator (for the Syrah from this same vineyard and vintage), Charles Smith continues to go from one strength to another. Those who have enjoyed the wines of Charles Smith before will know precisely what they are getting: a blockbuster red that loaded with fleshy, bold, ripe flavors on a surprisingly supple frame. Jeb Dunnuck was thrilled with this and the rest of the line-up from Smith calling them “flat out incredible.” We couldn’t agree more and would add that this is one of the better expression of a Walla Walla Cab we’ve had. While this is an excellent candidate to pop and pour now, you’ll also want to lay down a few bottles to enjoy over the next 15-plus years. Bravo to Charles Smith for producing yet another true knockout.

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2014 Substance (K Vintners) "Powerline Estate" Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Price: Hidden

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The new 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Powerline is a new cuvee based around a vineyard in the southern part of Walla Walla. Harvested from tiny yields and aged in mostly neutral barrels, this full-bodied, luxuriously textured, seamless beauty gives up lots of classic Cabernet notes of creme de cassis, licorice, toasted spice and graphite. There's an undeniably sexy style here, and while it will certainly be approachable on release, my money's on it evolving gracefully for 15-20 years.These latest releases from Charles Smith check in at the top of the pyramid and are flat out incredible wines that I wish every reader could taste. Readers should also check out the new label, Wines of Substance, which are also included in this report. Going forward, the K Vintners label will be for the Rhone inspired blends, and all Bordeaux blends will be moved to the Wines of Substance label. (JD)" (06/2016)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is 100% varietal, coming from the winerys young estate vineyard. The aromas are bright, with notes of dried herb, cherry liqueur, anise, black tea and whole bell pepper, seeming ever so slightly dried out. The flavors are plump but still light on their feet, supported by surprisingly soft tannins for the variety. (SS)" (03/2018)

Staff ImageSharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 28, 2017

This is a full-bodied wine that exhibits beautiful plum fruit, spice, acidity that kicks, and an oak profile that is lightly present but very well integrated. What I really enjoy about the wines of this region is their ability to have so much to offer with appealing balance and restraint.

Staff ImageMari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 27, 2017

Over the years, Charles Smith has been ever-changing; evolving and growing as his creative license inspires him and as the wine industry demands, but the one thing that has always stayed a constant is the commitment to quality in all of this wines. While the Substance label is fairly new to his portfolio, the wines adhere to the same surprisingly level of excellence and consistency. The Powerline Estate Cab is chock full of dark plum, creme de cassis, cocoa, licorice, clean graphite and an interesting sweet smokiness that is devoid of any char or ash. Powerful yet polished, there is an underlying verve to this wine that keeps this concentrated cuvee nimble and balanced, while still expressing the purity and intensity of fruit that all the Charles Smith wines are known for!

Staff ImageAnthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 26, 2017

Really impressed by the overall balance of this wine. Lots of plum, blackcurrant, and violet on the nose with a hint of herbs. Great core fruit, acidic backbone, round and full, but not overpowering.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 08, 2017

Wow serious Cabernet here. Brooding and deep on the nose, smoky, dark fruit; plum, blackcurrant, pencil lead, dusty rocks; a hint of tobacco and leather. On the palate the wine shows some redder fruit notes and toasted spice. It has lovely ripeness but is not sweet or overly extracted. Medium-full bodied with great line and length. The tannin levels are perfectly measured with the wines fruit and there is great vibrancy that suggests a long life ahead but without being hard or closed in its youth. I'm really impressed with this wine, it strikes a lovely balance delivering powerful fruit but in doing so does not obscure the varietal expression or mask Walla Walla's dusty, stony minerality.