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Washington winemaker Charles Smith hits another one out of the park with this big, brooding Cabernet!

Substance Cs Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Washington

Suggested Retail: $19, We Bought a Bunch: $15.99

What the Wine Critics Thought:
Wine Advocate: 90 - 92 Points

The 2014 should be just as good as the 2013. Seeing all native yeast, 42 days on skins, 12 months in French oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered, it offers classic plum and blackberry fruit intermixed with ample licorice, toasted bread and violet aromas and flavors. Concentrated, balanced and the real deal, buy it by the case and drink it through 2020.

What We Thought:
Blackberry and dark chocolate combine on the nose of this very-ripe, full-bodied blackberry bomb whose ultra-supple tannins keep it smooth from start to finish.