In the spring of 2017, the Terlato family purchased the renowned Klipsun Vineyard in the Red Mountain AVA of Washington State. Two years later, after significant investments in the property, they presented the inaugural vintage of Klipsun Vineyard Cabernet, under the newly created Klipsun brand. Planted in 1984, Klipsun Vineyards is known for its powerful and elegant Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The Cabernet Sauvignon is very complex, with rich overtones of dark berry fruit and attractive mulberry and olallieberry aromas. The Merlot shows its characteristic bright fruit with a lovely, mouth filling mid-palate richness. We chose to blend in 7% Merlot this year, to balance the brightness of the Merlot with the berry fruit aromas of the Cabernet. We traditionally add some of Klipsun’s amazing Syrah to add spice and earthiness and 2018 was no exception. The 7% Syrah adds just the right amount of complexity and doesn’t get in the way of the beautiful Cabernet.
20 months in 100% new French oak, 14 months in bottle
Small stainless steel tanks. Some with open tops to allow for punching down and others with a closed top that were pumped over.
Complex, Elegant, Rich, Smooth, Structured
Berry, Blackberry, Blend-Spices
Fruit aroma of blackberry, mulberry and boysenberry, interlaced with a spicy oak note. As the wine ages in the bottle the oak & fruit aromas will meld into a complex medley of cedar and cigar box.
Rich blackberry and a hint of wild sage normally found. Pleasant acidity and a rich, balanced mouthfeel followed by a well-developed mid palate. The result is a tannin structure that is evident but seamless. The finish is smooth and lingering.