2018 Charles Smith Substance Cs Cabernet Sauvignon

Year: 2018
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Country: USA - Washington
Wine Advocate: 89
Vinous Media: 89
James Suckling: 93
Jeb Dunnuck: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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"A softer style made for earlier consumption, the 2018 Cs Cabernet Sauvignon offers delightful red and black fruit on the nose with some oak spices, savory herbs and dusty blackberry essence. Medium-bodied, the wine offers a delightful palate of plum, black raspberry and bitter dark dark chocolate, with hints of mocha on the lingering finish. 235,000 bottles produced. This wine delivers well for the price." (WA)

"Dark red-ruby. Aromas of cassis, licorice, violet, chocolate mint and menthol. Juicy, penetrating Cabernet with lovely restrained sweetness to its flavors of dark berries, spices, flowers and minerals. Nicely pliant and deep, finishing with supple toothdusting tannins and lovely juicy length. (made from multiple sources)" (VM)

"This has the wonderful, dark-fruit and olive character of a ripe cabernet sauvignon, but the polished tannins fold over the wine. It’s full-bodied, yet agile and focused at the finish. Real wine for the money. Drink now." (JS)

"I loved the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Cs, which ranks with the finest releases to date for this cuvée. Classy cassis fruits, lead pencil, and tobacco notes all emerge from the glass, and it’s medium to full-bodied, with ripe tannin, integrated oak, and a great finish. It makes a mockery of just about every other Cabernet Sauvignon in this price range. Buy a case and enjoy over the coming 4-6 years, probably longer." (JD)

Winery Notes:
The 2018 vintage was incredible! This outstanding vintage began mild followed by a long and dry ripening season in the fall. This enabled us to hang the fruit to reach optimal ripeness without losing acidity or increasing sugars. The wines from 2018 are exceptional in many ways, from the great expression of the whites to the beautiful refinement and complexity of the reds. Enjoy