Cost: Average price $18
Where buy now: Byerly’s Ridgedale, Saint Anthony Municipal Liquors
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Columbia Valley, Washington
Substance Cabernet Sauvignon is a Charles Smith creation produced and bottled by something called “Wines of Substance” in Washington’s Columbia Valley. I have reviewed some of his other [value] wines such as Kung Fu Girl and Boom Boom Syrah. I’ve been a fan of those so it stands to reason for about five bucks more, I’d be enchanted with this Savvy Wine “wallet-buster”.
You guessed it, this wine tips the scales around $16.99 so, by definition, I must label it a Savvy Lush “Snob” wine of the month. That said, between HBO Now, several ill-advised Amazon.com purchases, and ACL surgery for my dog, I’m pretty broke- yet I’ve splurged on this baby six times. (That’s half a case for you scoring at home.)
Plain and simple, this is divinely flavorsome Washington State wine. Substance Cabernet Sauvignon by Charles Smith is darkly opaque yet silky smooth. Like luscious berry, lightly oaky and toasty tobacco, it’s rich; not like old money rich, more like new money rich. It’s so yummy it just begs to be drunk unaccompanied. Don’t cloud it with succulent grilled meat stuffs before drinking it naked. Set aside 15 – 20 minutes, pour yourself a generous glass and enjoy it.
Some things are worth your time and money. Thank me later for my diligent research, as this is easily worth the investment.
2 thoughts on “Substance Cabernet Sauvignon”
I’ve bought about 5 cases of this wine – it’s the greatest overachiever in quite some time. It has been on sale in the $14+ range at several retailers around town, but it’s about gone now.
Charles Smith purchased the Wines of Substance winery/label a year ago, and this is his first release, along with a Sauv Blanc.
So fun to read you agree & have taken advantage of this delicious find! 5 cases, you must be a man after my own heart. ☺️
I know it won’t be around long but if I return to the store & its out, I’m going to come a-knockin’….
Thanks a million for commenting.
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