2013 Super Substance "Stoneridge Vineyard" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $55)

SKU #1283886 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)  (6/2016)

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)  (2/2017)

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)

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/17/2017 | Send Email
Super Substance is yet another project from Charles Smith (K Vintners, Sixto, Kung Fu Girl) the famed winemaker and larger than life personality from the state of Washington. Somehow the man and his trusty crew have found time to make yet another fantastic set of wines that deliver massive quality, with pure deliciousness in mind for the consumer. As K Vintners has done for so many years with Syrah and other Rhone Varietals out of Washington State so does Super Substance for Bordeaux Varietals—it puts the best possible wine in to bottle for extremely reasonable prices, in slick packaging, from some of the best vineyards that the state has to offer. We highly suggest that at these special prices you check these wines out.
The “Stoneridge” Cabernet Sauvignon is full of power and concentration while retaining softness and approachability. Aromatics of Amaro, hoisin sauce, star anise and espresso bean dominate the savory and fun nose. Seamless is the word I used in my notes for this wine. There is just great integration and fast switches from piece to piece of this wine. Think chocolate covered blueberries, Black Cherry pie filling, wild berries picked freshly from the vine and a whole lot of mulled spice, this is warm, inviting Cab. Some front pinning tannins play nice with black tea finishing flavors and just to keep things interesting and continue down the path of ripeness, a hallmark trait for all of Charles’s wines, something akin to a black/white cookie tone appears on the fun and energetic finish.

Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/30/2017 | Send Email
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 Image By: Anthony Gittings | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/24/2017 | Send Email
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.

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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. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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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.