A black wine label with a large elemental table-looking text 'Cs', and text 2019, Substance, Washington State, Cabernet Sauvignon

2019 Substance Cabernet Sauvignon

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The lovely-classy Substance Cab Sauv bottle. It's black with dark red wine inside. A black capsule on top and black/white label.

Tasting Notes by Winemaker Charles Smith

“Classic from the get-go. Black cassis, pipe tobacco and black cherry saturates the mouth. Followed by forest floor, dark plum and pencil lead. Great density and a tremendous finesse-filled finish which one has to repeat...A CLASSIC!”

Vintage Notes

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.


Varietal Breakdown: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Vineyard(s): Goose Ridge, Painted Hills, Badger Mountain, Shaw, Sportsfisher, Coyote
Production: 4.5 tons per acre | Native yeast | 100% whole berry fermentation | 41 days on skins | 50% new French oak barriques | 11 months barrel-aged on lees
Wine Analysis: 5.9 g/L titratable acidity | 3.78 pH | 14.0% alcohol | No residual sugar

Accolades & Awards

#49, Top 100 Wines of 2019 – Wine Spectator (v2017)
93 Points – James Suckling (v2018); Jeb Dunnuck (v2017, v2016)
92 Points – Wine Advocate, James Suckling (v2016); Wine Spectator (v2015)
91 Points – Jeb Dunnuck (v2018); Wine Spectator, James Suckling (v2017); Wine Advocate (v2014)
And Many More 90+ Point Scores

Current & Past Scores

89-91 Points, *Barrel Score* – Jeb Dunnuck

“...another beautiful wine as well as a great value, offering cool cassis and blue fruits as well as lots of leafy herb and violet notes. Medium-bodied, nicely textured, and elegant, you get a heck of a Cabernet for not much buck, and it’s well worth seeking out.”

93 Points – James Suckling (v2018)

“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.”

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