2014 Wines Of Substance Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon SKU #1247101


RP 91 WE 90
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Last bottles of 2014!

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  • Jim Boyce
    By: Jim Boyce
    K&L Staff Member
    Looking back at my notes from the 2013 WOS Cabernet and this new 2014 vintage, the same sentence stood out: "How the hell is this (still) $15?!" Washington has long passed Napa and Sonoma for having the most consistent bang-for-your-buck Cab/Syrah/Merlot wines in the $10-$30 price range, but this offering is just ridiculous. A big and powerful wine overall, this 2014 WOS shows plenty of dark berry and currant fruit, with a smattering spice and toasty French Oak. This is a perfect companion to any backyard BBQ in the months ahead!
    Top Value!
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    Just as it says in the title..."substance". This wine has way more substance, authenticity and depth than one might expect for Cabernet in this price point. It's a faithful rendition of the varietal, has a great balance of opulence and structure and checks all the boxes for one of the best values in the category. This will make a lot of people very happy for a very modest price.
    Top Value!
  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    K&L Staff Member
    Wines of Substance is yet another project from Charles Smith (K Vintners, Sixto, Kung Fu Girl) the famed winemaker and larger than life personality from the state of Washington. Somehow he chugs out case after case of top notch wine for insanely reasonable prices. This Substance Cabernet is a perfect example of that. Bold, fully weighted, complex and encapsulated in spicy oak this is the kind of Cab that generally goes for at least twice this price. Flavors of black currant, grilled beef, blueberry, dried currants and vanilla bean build and build until the lifted and fresh finish put the proverbial cherry on top of this value sundae. Simply a must for anyone on the prowl for value Cabernets.
  • Dave Genevro
    By: Dave Genevro
    K&L Staff Member
    This juicier, generous, bargain driven Cabernet out of Washington State is always such a great deal! The wine has some light front end pull and presence, with raspberries doused in spices like cinnamon and cloves to finish it out on the palate. Enjoy, this always goes really quickly.
    Top Value!
  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    K&L Staff Member
    Continuing in the trend of excellent value cabs the K&L offers the new vintage from Wines of Substance provides even more than last years. Dark lush fruit from the Columbia Valley are nestled in soft supple tannins. Toasty oak finishes the wine and helps to round it out. This was a ripe vintage for Washington and it is reflected in the boldness and flavor offered here for under $15.
  • Shaun Green
    By: Shaun Green
    K&L Staff Member
    A bold and pretty powerful offering from Charles Smith at a great price! The WOS has great mouthfeel, lots of deep dark fruit and notes of French Oak and spice. It's truly a serious Washington Cab at a fantastic price
    Top Value!


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