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

2017 Substance Vineyard Collection Stoneridge Merlot – 1.5L

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Also Available in 750mL Bottles

Scores & Tasting Notes

A deep, red brick. Aromatically complex. Dark cherry, toasted sage, sappy in its mid-palate density, black raspberry, liquid ash and suede all drawn to a long satiny finish. – Winemaker Charles Smith

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

“The 2017 Merlot Stoneridge Vineyard offers a medium ruby hue as well as a perfumed, ethereal style in its caramelized cherry, spice, caramel, and toasty aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, seamless, and beautifully balanced, it’s a winner to enjoy over the coming 5-7 years.”

92 Points – James Suckling

“...berry and green-olive character here. Medium body. Juicy finish. Drink now.”

92+ Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (v2016)

“The 2016 Merlot Stoneridge Vineyard is generous on the nose, with red plums, chocolate tones and red florals that waft from the glass. The medium to full-bodied palate is rich and structured, with delicious tension, delivering a pleasing complexity across the mid-palate. The wine lingers long on the finish. 601 cases produced. Give it a try.”

Vineyard – Stoneridge (100%)

100% Merlot, Washington State Red Wine, 14.5% Alcohol
Alluvial fan gravel bed, the site rests above the ood plain of the Columbia River. Under the topsoil is a layer of caliche and basalt 6-12’’ deep, creating a calcium and iron rich media that forces roots to struggle.
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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