The beautiful Substance Vineyard Collection Northridge Merlot red wine bottle. A golden capsule on top, and on the label, large "Me" like it came from periodic table. "2017 Substance Merlot, Northridge Vineyard, Vineyard Collection, Substance, Washington, USA"

2017 Substance Vineyard Collection Northridge Merlot – 1.5L

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Scores & Tasting Notes

Tremendous focus. Black cassis, molasses and sweet fruit undertone. Cocoa, anise, coriander layered for good measure. Give this wine a little time for a delicious reward. – Winemaker Charles Smith

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

“Coming from a site on the Wahluke Slope, the 2017 Merlot Northridge Vineyard is also medium to full-bodied and concentrated yet has a touch more oomph and density than the Stoneridge release. Redcurrants, tobacco, cigar, and toasted spice notes all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, richly textured, balanced Merlot. It too will keep for at least 5-7 years.”

93 Points – James Suckling

“Plenty of floral and spice notes with walnut husk and coffee. Medium-to full-bodied, layered and beautiful. Real merlot. Hints of fresh herbs at the end, as well as green olives. Drink now.”

93 Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (v2016)

“The 2016 Merlot Northridge Vineyard has a juicy core of fruit that is open-knit and accessible with spicy plum tones and elegant oak spices of vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon. The wine is medium to full-bodied and rich on the palate, with a liveliness about the mid-palate that shows precision and a balanced structure. The finish is long, contemplative and a bit oaky, wearing the 50% new French oak well.”

Vineyard – Northridge (100%)

Wahluke Slope AVA, Washington State Red Wine (100% Merlot, 15.0% Alcohol)
Loamy, fine sand over silica limestone, these ancient soils above the Missoula Flood plain are some of the best to grow fruit. This site is higher elevation and has cooler evenings, which creates later ripening, lots of minerality and concentration.
The vineyards we work with are farmed using the most up to date sustainable practices.


2017 was a fantastic year for making wine with a cool spring and a fair amount of rain. Washington had an ideal spring for healthy vines. The moderate temperatures during summer were perfect for small clusters and yet delayed veraison into the fall where we had a consistent ripening season that allowed us to hang the fruit for perfect tannin and flavor without losing acidity or acquiring too much alcohol. Overall it was a vintage to remember.

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