2016 Charles Smith Substance Sauvignon Blanc Sunset Vineyard

Year: 2016
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Country: USA-Washington
Wine Advocate: 93+
Jeb Dunnuck: 92
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
Price :

"The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Sunset Vineyard reveals notes of lemon oil and delicate botanicals framed by light reduction that would be very much at home in the eastern Loire Valley. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, pure and racy, with a textural attack underpinned by loads of cut and chalky tension. This is a world away from the insipid, ester-laden concoctions that commonly pass for Sauvignon Blanc, and it's refreshing in every sense. The price is outrageously low for the quality." (WA)

"The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Sunset Vineyard is a racy, vibrant, serious Sauvignon Blanc that compete with the top wines out there. Buttered lemons, lime, and leafy green herbs all emerge from this salty, juicy, beautifully balanced effort that has real class.

In an attempt to simplify the K Vintners lineup, Charles Smith created the Wines of Substance label in 2017 and moved all of the Bordeaux varieties under this umbrella. As with the K Vintners wines, these are terrific wines that more than over deliver at their price point. All of the wines see small batch fermentations, native yeast, aging in barrel, and bottled unfined and unfiltered." (JD)

Winery Notes:
The vineyards we work with are farmed using the most up to date sustainable practices.

Sunset Vineyard:
(100%) Located in the Ancient Lakes AVA near the town of Quincy, Sunset Vineyard is situated on one of the land?s many coulees (a canyon formed by the draining of the Missoula flood waters). Thin limestone soils with an elevation above 1200 feet provide Sunset the classic terroir of the Ancient Lakes AVA that have helped define the style of white grapes grown in the region.

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.

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