2014 Substance (K Vintners) "Powerline Estate" Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon SKU #1331724

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RP 94-96 WE 90
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  • Sharon Kelly
    By: Sharon Kelly
    K&L Staff Member
    ​This is a full-bodied wine that exhibits beautiful plum fruit, spice, acidity that kicks, and an oak profile that is lightly present but very well integrated. What I really enjoy about the wines of this region is their ability to have so much to offer with appealing balance and restraint.
  • Mari Keilman
    By: Mari Keilman
    K&L Staff Member
    ​​Over the years, Charles Smith has been ever-changing; evolving and growing as his creative license inspires him and as the wine industry demands, but the one thing that has always stayed a constant is the commitment to quality in all of this wines. While the Substance label is fairly new to his portfolio, the wines adhere to the same surprisingly level of excellence and consistency. The Powerline Estate Cab is chock full of dark plum, creme de cassis, cocoa, licorice, clean graphite and an interesting sweet smokiness that is devoid of any char or ash. Powerful yet polished, there is an underlying verve to this wine that keeps this concentrated cuvee nimble and balanced, while still expressing the purity and intensity of fruit that all the Charles Smith wines are known for!
  • Anthony Russo
    By: Anthony Russo
    K&L Staff Member
    Really impressed by the overall balance of this wine. Lots of plum, blackcurrant, and violet on the nose with a hint of herbs. Great core fruit, acidic backbone, round and full, but not overpowering.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    Wow — serious Cabernet here. Brooding and deep on the nose, smoky, dark fruit; plum, blackcurrant, pencil lead, dusty rocks; a hint of tobacco and leather. On the palate the wine shows some redder fruit notes and toasted spice. It has lovely ripeness but is not sweet or overly extracted. Medium-full bodied with great line and length. The tannin levels are perfectly measured with the wines fruit and there is great vibrancy that suggests a long life ahead but without being hard or closed in its youth. I'm really impressed with this wine, it strikes a lovely balance delivering powerful fruit but in doing so does not obscure the varietal expression or mask Walla Walla's dusty, stony minerality.


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