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2014 Wines Of Substance Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1247101 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The straight 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is outstanding. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, native fermented, aged in French oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered, it’s a killer value that has lots of blue fruits, violets, graphite and leafy herbs in medium to full-bodied, concentrated, layered style. Savvy readers should buy a case of this and drink bottles over the coming 4-5 years, although I see no reason that it won’t keep longer either. A substantial change with the K Vintners/Charles Smith wines is the separation of the Rhone blends and the Bordeaux blends. Going forward, all Bordeaux blends will be released under the Wines of Substance label. (JD)  (6/2016)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 This 100% varietal wine from Goose Ridge and Frenchman Hills vineyards provides immediate appeal, with fresh aromas of blackberry, black currant and licorice. The flavors are full and don’t hold back, with firm lightly grainy tannins providing support. It still needs some time to stretch it legs. Give it an hour decant or wait until after 2017. (SS)  (2/2017)


 (aged for 12 months in 40% new French oak): Bright dark red with ruby tones. Black cherry, brown spices and menthol on the nose; suggests a wide range of ripeness but some Cabernet from the cool, high-altitude Frenchman Hills vineyard--from which Smith also makes a top Chardonnay under his Sixto label--provides energy. There's a slightly porty quality to the middle palate but this wine boasts terrific fruit intensity for its price. Finishes with substantial, slightly dusty, building tannins and a light herbal quality. (ST)  (7/2016)

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Last bottles of 2014!

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Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/19/2016 | Send Email
Looking back at my notes from the 2013 WOS Cabernet and this new 2014 vintage, the same sentence stood out: "How the hell is this (still) $15?!" Washington has long passed Napa and Sonoma for having the most consistent bang-for-your-buck Cab/Syrah/Merlot wines in the $10-$30 price range, but this offering is just ridiculous. A big and powerful wine overall, this 2014 WOS shows plenty of dark berry and currant fruit, with a smattering spice and toasty French Oak. This is a perfect companion to any backyard BBQ in the months ahead!
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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2016 | Send Email
Just as it says in the title..."substance". This wine has way more substance, authenticity and depth than one might expect for Cabernet in this price point. It's a faithful rendition of the varietal, has a great balance of opulence and structure and checks all the boxes for one of the best values in the category. This will make a lot of people very happy for a very modest price.
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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2016 | Send Email
Wines of 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 he chugs out case after case of top notch wine for insanely reasonable prices. This Substance Cabernet is a perfect example of that. Bold, fully weighted, complex and encapsulated in spicy oak this is the kind of Cab that generally goes for at least twice this price. Flavors of black currant, grilled beef, blueberry, dried currants and vanilla bean build and build until the lifted and fresh finish put the proverbial cherry on top of this value sundae. Simply a must for anyone on the prowl for value Cabernets.

Staff Image By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2016 | Send Email
This juicier, generous, bargain driven Cabernet out of Washington State is always such a great deal! The wine has some light front end pull and presence, with raspberries doused in spices like cinnamon and cloves to finish it out on the palate. Enjoy, this always goes really quickly.
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Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2016 | Send Email
Continuing in the trend of excellent value cabs the K&L offers the new vintage from Wines of Substance provides even more than last years. Dark lush fruit from the Columbia Valley are nestled in soft supple tannins. Toasty oak finishes the wine and helps to round it out. This was a ripe vintage for Washington and it is reflected in the boldness and flavor offered here for under $15.

Staff Image By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/10/2016 | Send Email
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A bold and pretty powerful offering from Charles Smith at a great price! The WOS has great mouthfeel, lots of deep dark fruit and notes of French Oak and spice. It's truly a serious Washington Cab at a fantastic price
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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.

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.


- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5