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Substance Super Substance Stoneridge Merlot 2013

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Fabulous aromas of red and black currant, Darjeeling tea and a profound meatiness rise from the glass. Then on the palate smoky and deep. Herbal notes enrich and layer multiple complexities that patience will unveil. Silky and sublime. A classic with a capital "C"

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RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
What will be released under a Vineyard Collection sometime in the near future, the 2013 Super Substance Merlot Stoneridge offers a full-bodied, sexy, gorgeously textured style to go with lots of black currants, plums, graphite and licorice. There’s a scant 500 cases produced, but it’s a beautiful Merlot that will drink well for 10-12 years.
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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
The 2013 Super Substance Merlot exhibits an excellent purity of fruit. This wine—made from 100% Merlot—did not require the use of Cabernet Sauvignon, a grape variety often utilized by many wineries to give support to the more elegant Merlot. This wine brings bright red fruit, some dust, and dried herbs onto the palate. Its smooth finish pairs it well with roast chicken. (Tasted: August 1, 2017, San Francisco, CA)
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The original thought was to be a one wine brand, with a single minded vision to produce the best value-priced Cabernet Sauvignon in America. How do you go about this? Traditional winemaking. Natural fermentations. Barrel-aging. Plus, bottling unfiltered and unfined. In essence, making the wines in small batch winemaking integrity, but doing so on a larger scale. The wine is black. The label definitively says, "This is Cabernet Sauvignon." With the CS, you know who made this wine: Charles Smith. There is also the single vineyard, single expression, Bordeaux varietals (ex: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) produced in very limited quantities. Let's not to forget, the single vineyard Loire-style Substance Sauvignon Blanc. Wines of Substance illustrates Charles’ philosophy of producing exceptional wines to be enjoyed by everyone around the globe.

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A large and geographically diverse AVA capable of producing a wide variety of wine styles, the Columbia Valley AVA is home to 99% of Washington state’s total vineyard area. A small section of the AVA even extends into northern Oregon!

Because of its size, it is necessarily divided into several distinctive sub-AVAs, including Walla Walla Valley and Yakima Valley—which are both further split into smaller, noteworthy appellations. A region this size will of course have varied microclimates, but on the whole it experiences extreme winters and long, hot, dry summers. Frost is a common risk during winter and spring. The towering Cascade mountain range creates a rain shadow, keeping the valley relatively rain-free throughout the entire year, necessitating irrigation from the Columbia River. The lack of humidity combined with sandy soils allows for vines to be grown on their own rootstock, as phylloxera is not a serious concern.

Red wines make up the majority of production in the Columbia Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant variety here, where it produces wines with a pleasant balance of dark fruit and herbs. Wines made from Merlot are typically supple, with sweet red fruit and sometimes a hint of chocolate or mint. Syrah tends to be savory and Old-World-leaning, with a wide range of possible fruit flavors and plenty of spice. The most planted white varieties are Chardonnay and Riesling. These range in style from citrus and green apple dominant in cooler sites, to riper, fleshier wines with stone fruit flavors coming from the warmer vineyards.

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With generous fruit and supple tannins, Merlot is made in a range of styles from everyday-drinking to world-renowned and age-worthy. Merlot is the dominant variety in the wines from Bordeaux’s Right Bank regions of St. Emilion and Pomerol, where it is often blended with Cabernet Franc to spectacular result. Merlot also frequently shines on its own, particularly in California’s Napa Valley. Somm Secret—As much as Miles derided the variety in the 2004 film, Sideways, his prized 1961 Château Cheval Blanc is actually a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

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