Substance Vineyard Collection Northridge Merlot 2017 750ml - Station Plaza Wine
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Substance Vineyard Collection Northridge Merlot 2017 750ml
SKU: 10894

Substance Vineyard Collection Northridge Merlot 2017

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Category Red Wine
Origin United States, Washington, Wahluke Slope
Brand Substance
Alcohol/vol 15%
Tremendous focus. Black cassis, molasses and sweet fruit undertone. Cocoa, anise, coriander layered for good measure. Give this wine a little time for a delicious reward.
Jeb Dunnuck
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Coming from a site on the Wahluke Slope, the 2017 Merlot Northridge Vineyard is also medium to full-bodied and concentrated yet has a touch more oomph and density than the Stoneridge release. Redcurrants, tobacco, cigar, and toasted spice notes all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, richly textured, balanced Merlot. It too will keep for at least 5-7 years.

April 15, 2020
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Moderately saturated bright medium red. A bit deeper-pitched through less perfumed than the Stoneridge Merlot, with plum and redcurrant aromas complicated by mocha, tobacco leaf, earth and minerals plus a whiff of savory game. A step up in texture, weight and ripeness as well (at 15%, this is higher in alcohol than the other Merlot and the Bx Red Wine), but with good shape and energy to its red fruit, earth and spice flavors. Here too the tannins are quite fine but a bit more substantial, with the finish offering lingering plum and spice notes. More Right Bank in style than the Stoneridge, and less purely fruity. Initially, I wanted more obvious spine and thrust but this wine grew on me as its tannins firmed up. Is there enough mid-palate sweetness for the tannins?

Stephen Tanzer, October 2020
Wine Advocate
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The 2017 Merlot Northridge Vineyard is ruby, with the first sign of garnet starting to appear on the rim. The nose gives up soft nutty aromas of dried cherries and stewed plum sauce. Medium to full-bodied, the 15% alcohol wine seems to have been pushed almost too far, with elements of volatility in the mouth followed by a tannic and gripping finish.

Anthony Mueller, December 10, 2020

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