Coming from miniscule yields on the order of 0.8 tons per acre and a blend of 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, the 2013 Super Substance Klein Vineyard offers classic graphite, dried earth, chocolate and ripe dark fruits to go with a full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, layered and complex profile on the palate. A wine that might flirt with perfection at maturity, give bottles 4-5 years of cellaring and enjoy over the following two decades. (JD)
(15% alcohol, these 16-year-old vines on shallow soil in a windy site produced just 0.8 tons per acre of fruit in 2013; aged in 70% new oak): Healthy dark red. Vibrant aromas of currant and licorice accented by menthol and herbs. In a rather tight, medicinal, slightly herbal style, at once bigger and more backward than the Superb Substance Cabernets. Winemaker Charles Smith does a relatively gentle extraction of this fruit but this is nonetheless a powerful, dry, tannic wine in a classic style. The finish displays an intriguing mineral quality. (ST)
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