Klipsun Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Klipsun has earned a reputation as one of Washington’s "First Growth" vineyards. They are driven to craft benchmark wines that express the nuance of the terroir at both its most raw and most refined. Small lots. Uncompromising standards. Sourced exclusively from their Red Mountain property. Each vintage is a testament to the land, the seasons and the meticulous craft that produced it.
Blend: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 4% Syrah
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The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon comes all from the Klipsun Vineyard on Red Mountain and is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, and 4% Syrah that spent 20 months in new French oak. There are a little over 2,000 cases produced, and it sports a healthy purple/ruby hue to go with a killer bouquet of pure crème de cassis, lead pencil, tobacco leaf, chocolate, and hints of iron. Beautifully textured, medium to full-bodied, and concentrated on the palate, it has great tannins, impeccable balance, and a great finish. It needs to be forgotten for 2-4 years and will cruise for two decades after that from cold cellars. Best After 2024
Brooding and deeply structured, with broad blackberry, espresso and dusty herb flavors that gather tension toward broad-shouldered tannins. Best from 2023.
A coveted source of top quality red grapes among premier Washington producers, the Red Mountain AVA is actually the smallest appellation in the state. As its name might suggest, it is actually neither a mountain nor is it composed of red earth. Instead the appellation is an anticline of the Yakima fold belt, a series of geologic folds that define a number of viticultural regions in the surrounding area. It is on the eastern edge of Yakima Valley with slopes facing southwest towards the Yakima River, ideal for the ripening of grapes. The area’s springtime proliferation of cheatgrass, which has a reddish color, actually gives the area the name, "Red" Mountain.
Red Mountain produces some of the most mineral-driven, tannic and age-worthy red wines of Washington and there are a few reasons for this. It is just about the hottest appellation with normal growing season temperatures commonly reaching above 90F. The soil is particularly poor in nutrients and has a high pH, which results in significantly smaller berry sizes compared to varietal norms. The low juice to skin ratio in smaller berries combined with the strong, dry summer winds, leads to higher tannin levels in Red Mountain grapes.
The reds of the area tend to express dark black and blue fruit, deep concentration, complex textures, high levels of tannins and as previously noted, have good aging capabilities.
A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbecand Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.