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Charles Smith Substance Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Wine Review

Charles Smith Substance Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Charles Smith Substance Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Columbia Valley, Washington, United States

Community Score:91/100

Community Reviews: 4

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Price: $23.95

Drink: 2019-2026

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 13.5%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Charles Smith

Agent: Authentic Wine & Spirits Merchants

Natalie's Score: 90/100

A bright and mouth-watering, medium-plus-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with layers of ripe cherry, red currant, dark berry fruit earthy florals and tobacco leaf flavours with balanced and vibrant acidity for food. Tannins are firm. Pair with slow-braised beef prime ribs.

Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: prime rib roast, gourmet hamburgers, Salisbury steak.

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This Charles Smith Substance Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 was reviewed on November 16, 2019 by Natalie MacLean

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Jenny Ratcliffe-Wright CWM rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

Unbelievable value. Buy all you can before it's gone. Classic full-on Cab flavours of black fruit, cassis with spice and toasted nuts. A lovely clean purity of fruit that makes this wine stand out as something way better than its price suggests. Try with pork belly and calamari paella. @wrightwineblog
From Columbia Valley, Washington, Wines Of Substance 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is produced by Charles Smith. Love the bright acidity that complements the ripe cherry, red currant, blueberry, earthy violet, pipe tobacco and menthol flavours on the palate. Tannins are structured and grippy. Pair with tourtière or a meat-lover's pizza topped with cheese. - Community Wine Reviews

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