Substance Vineyard Collection Klein Bx Blend 2017
Blend: 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Cabernet Franc, 28% Merlot
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The 2017 Klein Bx Vineyard Collection checks in as a blend of 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Cabernet Franc, and 28% Merlot, all co-fermented and brought up in a mix of new and used barrels. It's a rich, powerful, concentrated Bordeaux blend delivering lots of red and black fruits, ample leafy herb, tobacco, cedar, and damp earth nuances, full-bodied richness, and a deep, rich, layered texture and mid-palate. There are a lot of ripe tannins on the finish, and it's holding things relatively close to its vest, which can be common in 2017. Give bottles 2-4 years in the cellar and it should drink brilliantly over the following 15 years. Rating : 95+
Consisting of 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Cabernet Franc and 28% Merlot, the 2017 Bx Klein Vineyard opens with a juicy and oaky essence that sways out of the glass with elements of dusty leather, hints of black olive and roasted plum before offering nuances of vanilla, cardamom and resinous purple flowers. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is juicy, with a distinct mineral tension, fine-grained tannins and lingering spice tones across the mid-palate. The wine concludes with the subtle flavors of worn leather and pencil shavings over the long, complex and juicy finish. The wine rested for 28 months in 73% new French oak barriques.
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.
Responsible for some of Washington’s most highly acclaimed wines, the Walla Walla Valley has experienced a surge in popularity in recent years and is home to both historic wineries and younger, up-and-coming producers.
The Walla Walla Valley, a Native American name meaning “many waters,” is located in southeastern Washington; part of the appellation actually extends into Oregon. Soils here are well-drained, sandy loess over Missoula Flood deposits and fractured basalt.
It is a region perfectly suited to Rhône-inspired Syrahs, distinguished by savory notes of red berry, black olive, smoke and fresh earth. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot create a range of styles from smooth and supple to robust and well-structured. White varieties are rare but some producers blend Sauvignon Blanc with Sémillon, resulting in a rich and round style, and plantings of Viognier, while minimal, are often quite successful.
Of note within Walla Walla, is one new and very peculiar appellation, called the Rocks District of Milton-Freewater. This is the only AVA in the U.S. whose boundaries are totally defined by the soil type. Soils here look a bit like those in the acclaimed Rhône region of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, but are large, ancient, basalt cobblestones. These stones work in the same way as they do in Chateauneuf, absorbing and then radiating the sun's heat up to enhance the ripening of grape clusters. The Rocks District is within the part of Walla Walla that spills over into Oregon and naturally excels in the production of Rhône varieties like Syrah, as well as the Bordeaux varieties.
One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.