2017 Klipsun Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Klipsun is known as one of Washington's 'First Growth' vineyards. They focus on crafting wines that reflect the nuance of the terroir at both its most raw and its most refined.
The Red Mountain is Washington's smallest and most prestigious wine region. The high desert climate, gravelly soil, and high soil alkalinity produces wines that are both elegant and rugged. They express balance and a powerful refinement.
Since 1984, Klipsun has partnered with premier winemakers in Washington to provide premium grapes. Decades of careful cultivation has led to the production of grapes that realize their fullest potential.
In 2016, Klipsun set out to produce their own single-vineyard wines to showcase the exceptional fruit grown here. These are small production wines with uncompromising standards. Each vintage is a testament to the land it grows from and the meticulous craft that produced it.
This dark garnet wine has a mouth coating intensity with flavors of ripe blackberry and herbs. It balances a big, rich mouthfeel with carefully managed tannins that create a seamless finish.
"With its medium to full-bodied richness, present yet ripe tannins, and obvious sense of minerality on the finish, it would pass undetected in a lineup of top wines from the Médoc. It's terrific today, yet given its balance, purity, and structure, it's going to evolve for 20 years or more." 94 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
"The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain is composed of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 4% Malbec and 8% Syrah, which immediately emanates with aromas of dark roasted espresso bean, toasted oak, dried tobacco and dusty black fruit tones of cassis, currant and blackberries covered in dark cocoa powder. Full-bodied, generous in complexity and still tight in the mouth, the wine unpacks layers of cedar and vanilla tones with dusty purple flowers and bitter dark chocolate across the mid-palate, giving way to fine-grained tannins that will loosen with time. As the wine sits on the palate, the 100% French oak regimen is on full display for all to see. The wine lingering long and continues to evolve in the mouth, ending with a drying finish that highlights the oak and terroir. It’s still a baby, and I would keep it in the cellar for another few years before popping the cork—this will effortlessly coast for more than a decade." 94+ Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Broad shouldered and powerfully structured, with deep blackberry, bay leaf and stony mineral flavors that finish with big but refined tannins. Drink now through 2030." 93 Points, Wine Spectator