A beautiful bottle of red wine. The bottle is black with a black vinyl capsule on top; black label with a "Cs" logo, like it came from the periodic table. "2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Substance Wines, Washington State"

2018 Substance 'Cs' Cabernet Sauvignon

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Scores & Tasting Notes

Truly amazing. Deep blue and black in color. Mouth-filling layers of black currant, blackberry, cedar box and crushed stone. Death-defying balance and a firm, rich finish that seems to never end. Yes, amazing. – Winemaker Charles Smith

93 Points – James Suckling

“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.”

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

“I loved the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Cs, which ranks with the finest releases to date for this cuvée. Classy cassis fruits, lead pencil, and tobacco notes all emerge from the glass, and it’s medium to full-bodied, with ripe tannin, integrated oak, and a great finish. It makes a mockery of just about every other Cabernet Sauvignon in this price range. Buy a case and enjoy over the coming 4-6 years, probably longer.”


Columbia Valley, Washington State Red Wine (100% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.0% Alcohol)
Goose Ridge (28%): With a first harvest in 1999, Goose Ridge’s 2,200 acre vineyard receives less than 8 inches of rainfall annually. It is a gently sloped, south-facing site adjacent to Red Mountain. Long, warm summer days and cool nights produce grapes noted for their ripe, rich character.
Art Den Hoed Painted Hills (25%): Located in Yakima Valley on the south side of the valley on a North facing slope, located at an elevation of 1400 ft. The vineyard is primarily planted to Cabernet Sauvignon on a 7x4 spacing and VSP trellis on a fine silt loam over volcanic ancient soil.
Badger Mountain (25%): Planted on the southwest slope of the mountain, the vineyard is between 780 and 950 feet elevation and the soils are sandy silts affected by the Missoula floods. The wines produced by this vineyard are dark with black fruit and provide beautiful texture.
Frenchman Hills (13%): 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.
Golden West (9%): Located on the far western edge of the Frenchman Hills and the soon to be appointed AVA Royal Slope, on the 47th parallel overlooking the Columbia River. Golden West has a temperate microclimate moderated by the Columbia River, and features soils rich with ancient limestone and fossilized sea creatures that are mixed with sand and volcanic rock.


The 2018 vintage was incredible! This outstanding vintage began mild followed by along and dry ripening season in the fall. This enabled us to hang the fruit to reach optimal ripeness without losing acidity or increasing sugars. The wines from 2018 are exceptional in many ways, from the great expression of the whites to the beautiful refinement and complexity of the reds. Enjoy!

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