KLIPSUN VINEYARDS, RED MOUNTAIN, CABERNET SAUVIGNON
COLUMBIA VALLEY, WASHINGTON 2016
Named alongside To Kalon, Sassicaia, Lafitte Rothschild and DRC La Tache as one of the “25 great Vineyards of the World” by Wine & Spirits magazine, Klipsun Vineyards is arguably the site of Washington State’s most famous vines. As a long-time source of fruit for multi-100 point wines of Quilceda Creek and Leonetti, its reputation for producing some of the most sturdy, structured, and age-defying reds is unparalleled. Even “the dean of American winemakers” and one Napa Valley’s most notable winemaking figures, Andre Tchelistcheff of Beaulieu Vineyards fame, stated that this site was the best Cabernet land on Red Mountain in Washington State. You could even say that Red Mountain’s reputation for producing world-class reds from the sun-drenched slopes of Yakima Valley can be attributed to Klipsun Vineyards and the power-house wines produced from there.
First owned by Patricia Gelles and her husband David who planted the first vineyard on Red Mountain, they bought the 40-acre Klipsun Vineyard and began planting in 1984. Offering superior fruit, Klipsun is the southwestern most vineyard in Red Mountain and is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Providing a consistent breeze for heat protection along with large diurnal temperature swings, the exceptional terroir produces wines of incredible distinction, intensity and power. Perfectly named, Klipsun comes from the Chinook word for beautiful sunset. As Red Mountain is the warmest location in Columbia Valley, the vines can take full advantage of abundant sun exposure and warm weather – all factors that lend to the perfect ripening of the grapes year after year.
Established 35 years ago, it is one of the oldest vineyard sites in the state and just around two years ago, it was sold to Chicago based company Terlato Vineyards. At the time of acquisition, John Terlato, chairman of Terlato Vineyards, had noted his plans of continuing to sell grapes to Klipsun’s customers, in addition to holding back some of the best fruit to create a custom label himself. As the anticipation over the past two years has built exponentially, we are thrilled to be the first to announce the release of their first vintage of Klipsun Vineyards. Driven to create a benchmark wine that expresses the nuance of their terroir, this is a small lot of one of Washington’s “First Growth” vineyards, sourced exclusively from this Red Mountain property. With a pre-release price and a small allocation, don’t miss this opportunity to secure a bottle before it’s gone!
*Offer NOT valid in-store. Offer is made pre-arrival, with the wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Fall 2019. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer only valid in CA, FL, NV, TX and WA. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Thursday, July 11, 2019.