2013 Super Substance "Northridge Vineyard" Wahluke Slope Merlot (Previously $50) SKU #1283883

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RP 94 WE 93 VN 90
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  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    K&L Staff Member
    Super 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 the man and his trusty crew have found time to make yet another fantastic set of wines that deliver massive quality, with pure deliciousness in mind for the consumer. As K Vintners has done for so many years with Syrah and other Rhone Varietals out of Washington State so does Super Substance for Bordeaux Varietals—it puts the best possible wine in to bottle for extremely reasonable prices, in slick packaging, from some of the best vineyards that the state has to offer. We highly suggest that at these special prices you check these wines out. <br> The “Northridge” Merlot was planted in 2003 and this teenage vineyard is in a fun spot still having the exuberance of youth but starting to develop its own personality. Coffee grounds and tea leaf driven aromas lead on the nose with a lovely polish oak, there is 70% new French Oak here, and an undercurrent of broad and expanding Blueberry fruit. Soft as a down pillow and yet still multifaceted with plenty of earth/fruit interplay, tension and overall complexity this wine delivers on both Merlot’s textural and fruit driven sides. Add notes of clay, wild Iris and berry blossom in the finish and this starts becoming serious without ever losing its gulpability.
  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    K&L Staff Member
    Deep plum, blackberry, cocoa, slate and earthy hues dominate this juicy, bold Washington Merlot. This wine is 100% Merlot that's aged in predominately new barrique barrels that translates to big tannin and complexity on the palette. I think this wine would be even better with some more bottle age on it, 5+ years.
  • Anthony Gittings
    By: Anthony Gittings
    K&L Staff Member
    . This is a great Merlot for California Merlot drinkers. Big plum, cherries and savory herbs jump out at first glance. A full bodied and powerful wine that packs it full of richness. Juicy acid play perfectly with earth tones, currants, and blackberries. A long finish makes this a perfect accompaniment to hearty meats, grilled mushrooms or just good company.
  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    K&L Staff Member
    I am primarily aware of Charles Smith for his high end Syrah under the auspices of K Vintner and his value driven Bordeaux blends (although his newer project Casa Smith is excellent as well). Seeing that we had brought in several cases of the Super Substance label intrigued me, and I was so glad we got to open this wine. Not surprisingly to me, this is a very well done Merlot that captures the dark rich blackberry and plum notes of Merlot without being too sweet. Rather this is a well balanced and soft wine, with plenty of juicy fruit but that does not go overboard in any way.


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