2016 Charles Smith Substance Cs Cabernet Sauvignon

Year: 2016
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Country: USA - Washington
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 89
Jeb Dunnuck: 93--Wine Enthusiast: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$12.95
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BRAND NEW EFFORT!! ANOTHER LAWC "BEST BUY"!!

2018 WINE ENTHUSIAST TOP 100 BEST BUYS: #52

"Dark and spirited, with appealing blackberry, black olive and smoked anise flavors that build toward big but polished tannins. Drink now through 2024. 120,000 cases made. -T.F." (WS)

"Amazingly, there are 125,000 cases of the value-priced 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine offers up classic aromas of crushed cassis, loamy soil and pencil lead. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, layered and flavorful, with chewy but ripe tannins and succulent balancing acids, concluding with good length. Considering the scale of this cuvée and the pittance it commands, it's a remarkable achievement." (WA)

"(aged in a relatively high 40% new French oak for a $17 wine; 125,000 cases produced): Bright ruby-red. Aromas of cassis, bitter chocolate, herbs, black olive and spicy oak. Sappy and delineated for its gentle price, conveying lovely sweetness and pliancy to its blackcurrant fruit. Finishes strong, with ripe tannins and terrific length for seventeen bucks. The broad, fine-grained tannins saturate the mouth. I like the use of oak here. (14.5% alcohol)" (VM)

"The largest production cuvée, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon was vinified in tank before being pressed to barrel where it went through malo. Aged 13 months in barrels, its vibrant purple color is followed by a terrific bouquet of blueberries, cassis, scorched earth, and spice. Deep, rich, full-bodied, and beautifully balanced, this is the real deal, ladies and gentlemen, and it's a no-brainer purchase. Just pretend you paid three times the price." (JD)

"The aromas are compelling, with notes of fresh herb, black currant, black raspberry and black cherry, showing a pleasing sense of purity. The flavors are soft and pure, with sleek black-fruit notes lingering on the finish. Firm tannins back it up. It's a fruitful expression of the variety and a superb value. Drink now." (WE)

Winery Notes:
The 2016 vintage started early and warm in Washington State. When summer arrived, the season saw cooler evenings that helped retain acidity, extended the growing and ripening period into September and October. This allowed the fruit to gain more complexity and deeper charm without sacrificing the acid or producing higher alcohol content. The vintage has created deeply rich and focused wines that we will be able to enjoy for a long time to come.