Wines of Substance Cabernet Sauvignon
Introduced in 2015, the Substance brand was conceived with a single-minded vision: to produce the best value-priced Cabernet Sauvignon in America. Substance ‘Cs’ Cabernet Sauvignon is made with traditional winemaking techniques: natural fermentations, barrel-aging and bottled unfiltered and unfined. In essence, Charles makes Substance ‘Cs’ with small batch winemaking integrity on an unprecedented scale.
With the success of Substance ‘Cs’ Cabernet Sauvignon, the brand expanded to include Substance Vineyard Collection – a single-vineyard collection that includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc varietals. These wines are a modern expression of the classic Bordeaux varietals paired with a Loire-style Sauvignon Blanc. The latest chapter in the Substance book is ‘Ch’ Chardonnay which expresses the same vision as the flagship ‘Cs’ Cabernet Sauvignon.
The 2019 vintage was on the cooler side as it started slow with later-than-usual bud break and continued on to be fairly moderate throughout the year. Some vineyards had issues with an October freeze a bit earlier than usual, but our high-elevation vineyards have great air drainage which allows us to extend the growing season late into October without freeze. This yielded fantastic ripening and some awesome wines with incredible balance and character. Overall, we are excited about the wine produced in 2019, which has brought us more finesse, incredible flavors and lovely balance.
"Currants, flowers and walnuts on the nose. Medium-bodied with a pretty core of fruit and fine tannins and a crisp finish. Lead pencil. Fresh. Compact. Delicate and delicious. Enjoy. Drink or hold." - James Suckling