2015 Substance (K Vintners) "Jack's Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $44)

SKU #1407730 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Kirsch, caramelized red and black currants, spice, and cedar pencil notes all emerge from the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Jack's Vineyard. An elegant, pretty, pure expression of the Rocks Terroir, as well as Cabernet Sauvignon, it's going to keep for a decade at least.  (4/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Jack’s Vineyard offers up rich aromas of red and blackcurrants, espresso roast, burning embers and brown sugar. On the palate, it's full-bodied, rich and lavish, with an ample core of fruit, melting tannins, loads of savory complexity and a sapid, saline finish. It's a characterful Cabernet Sauvignon to follow for the coming decade. (WK)  (6/2018)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "This wine says, "Cabernet Sauvignon." It says it with blackcurrant, tobacco, No. 2 pencil....polished with great length. Echoes crushed velvet in an endless refrain. 100% from Jack’s Vineyard - stony soils in an ancient riverbed, located on the floor of the Walla Walla Valley. Very cobbly, Freewater, loam-cobbles over gravel, over sand, dried riverbed. In the rocky soils of this part of the valley, low vigor keeps flavors concentrated. Planted in 1999. Yield: 1.2 tons per acre. 100% whole berry fermentation. Yeast: native. 37 days on skins. 20% new French oak barriques. 22 months barrel-aged on lees."

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/10/2019 | Send Email
Although they're probably better known for their blockbuster Syrahs, I think the guys at K Vintners are making their best wines under the "Substance" label dedicated to Bordeaux varietals. This benchmark Walla Walla Cab is bursting with ripe blackcurrant, cassis, plum, mocha tinges, cigar box, gravelly minerals and fine mouth coating tannins. It's a rockstar rendition of the varietal hitting all the right notes. Packed with flavor and richness but not overdone on the extraction side of things, and with lovely length and structure. At our super sharp price this is not to be missed!
Top Value! Drink from 2019 to 2029

By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/16/2019 | Send Email
Wines of Substance is K Vintners other label and I'm frequently impressed with the wines each brand releases. The 2015 vintage of Jack's Vineyard Cab Sauv is very aromatic with notes of blackberry, juicy dark plums, and just a touch of earthiness. The palate is full of tart red fruit flavors that grow softer and rounder toward the finish. The finish is both fruity and leathery. This is a full-flavored yet elegant Cab that just slams at the below-$30 price point.

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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 (%): 14.5