A clear wine bottle with lemon-colored chardonnay seen inside. A yellow capsule on top, and a simple clean label: "Substance 2019 'Ch' Chardonnay. Washington State."

2019 Substance 'Ch' Chardonnay

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Scores & Tasting Notes

Beautiful. Aromatic. Layered. A bouquet of blossoms. Tangerine, apple, pear and wisteria right to your face as Italian melon, Gala apple, clove and lemon meringue soothes your mouth. A delicate cascade of mineral washes over the palate. Complex and complete as you swoon with satisfaction. – Winemaker Charles Smith

93 Points – James Suckling (v2018)

“This is a foursquare white with sliced-apple, pear and cream aromas and flavors. Just a touch of vanilla. Full-bodied and lightly oily with a long, flavorful finish. Purity of fruit here. Juicy at the end. Drink or hold.”

91 Points – Jeb Dunnuck (formerly of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate) (v2018)

“All barrel fermented Chardonnay from Frenchman Hills Vineyard brought up in 15% new oak, the 2018 Chardonnay Ch offers plenty of orchard fruits, honeyed flowers, and brioche notes as well as a medium-bodied, round, beautifully textured style on the palate. It’s another smoking value from this team.”


(100% Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, Washington State White Wine, 14.0% alcohol)

Frenchman Hills (33%): This vineyard was planted in 1998 and is about a 30-minute drive north of the Wahluke Slope, which is one of the warmest areas in the Columbia Valley. However, Frenchman Hills Vineyard is a cooler site, partly because of its higher elevation at 1650 feet. It also does not easily frost, and has limestone and broken basalt soils at the top of the vineyard.
Roza Hills (32%): At an elevation of 1350 feet, in a natural southern sloping bowl that sits on the southern slope of the Rattlesnake Hills, Roza Hills was planted in 1977. The majority of the vineyard is planted in a loamy silt to chalky soil with broken basalt chunks interspersed.
High River (28%): Located on the east side of Columbia River, High River has sandy soil with volcanic rock and a temperate micro-climate.
Moxee (7%): Planted in 1973, Moxee is located east of Yakima and north of Moxee. The west facing slope is about 1450 feet elevation. The soil is Moxee silt loam with broken limestone.


The 2019 vintage was on the cooler side as it started slow with later-than-usual bud break and continued on to be fairly moderate throughout the year. Some vineyards had issues with an October freeze a bit earlier than usual, but our high-elevation vineyards have great air drainage which allows us to extend the growing season late into October without freeze. This yielded fantastic ripening and some awesome wines with incredible balance and character. Overall, we are excited about the wine produced in 2019, which has brought us more finesse, incredible flavors and lovely balance.

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