The beautiful Klein Bx Bordeaux Blend red wine bottle. A golden capsule on top, and on the label, large "Bx" like it came from periodic table. "2017 Vineyard Collection, Substance, Washington, Klein Vineyard"

2017 Substance Vineyard Collection Klein 'Bx' Bordeaux Blend – 1.5L

In stock
$160.00
Also Available in 750mL Bottles
A big beautiful bottle of wine with gold waxed tip

Tasting Notes by Winemaker Charles Smith

“Truly one of a kind and best vintage to date. Crushed volcanic rock, cassis, tar, lilac and a potpourri in the nose that gives way to so much more. Discover for yourself.”

Vintage Notes

2017 was a fantastic year for making wine with a cool spring and a fair amount of rain. Washington had an ideal spring for heathy 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.

Winemaking

Varietal Breakdown: 38% Cabernet Sauvignon; 34% Cabernet Franc; 28% Merlot
Appellation: Walla Walla Valley
Vineyard(s): Klein Vineyard (100%)
Production: 1.7 tons per acre | Native yeast | 100% whole berry fermentation | 44 days on skins | 73% new French oak barriques | 28 months barrel-aged on lees
Wine Analysis: 5.6 g/L titratable acidity | 3.96 pH | 14.0% alcohol | No residual sugar

Current & Past Scores

95+ Points – Jeb Dunnuck

“The 2017 Klein Bx Vineyard Collection checks in as a blend of 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Cabernet Franc, and 28% Merlot, all co-fermented and brought up in a mix of new and used barrels. It’s a rich, powerful, concentrated Bordeaux blend delivering lots of red and black fruits, ample leafy herb, tobacco, cedar, and damp earth nuances, full-bodied richness, and a deep, rich, layered texture and mid-palate. There are a lot of ripe tannins on the finish, and it’s holding things relatively close to its vest, which can be common in 2017. Give bottles 2-4 years in the cellar and it should drink brilliantly over the following 15 years.”

94 Points – James Suckling

“This is a field blend and shows intense tobacco-leaf and floral character. It’s full bodied, chewy and powerful. Wild and thought-provoking. Moss, bark and black-tea undertones. A blend of 38% cabernet sauvignon, 34% cabernet franc and 28% merlot.”

Vineyard – Klein (100%)

Walla Walla Valley, Washington State Red Wine
(38% Cabernet Sauvignon; 34% Cabernet Franc; 28% Merlot, 14.0% Alcohol)
This vineyard is located at the Southwestern end of the Walla Walla Valley. It’s volcanic rock, with thin, wind-blown loess over basalt. The high elevation, 850 feet, means it doesn’t freeze and is a fairly windy site. This vineyard produces low yields and powerful, unique wines.
The vineyards we work with are farmed using the most up to date sustainable practices.

Vintage

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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