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2016 Klipsun Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1500621 96 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is brilliant stuff and comes from the Klipsun Vineyard on Red Mountain. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and 5% Syrah, aged 20 months in new oak, its deep purple color is followed by powerful notes of currants, graphite, toasted spices, and scorched earth. These give way to a full-bodied, concentrated, yet beautifully balanced Cabernet that has fine tannins, terrific purity of fruit, and a great finish. It needs 2-3 years of bottle age but is a 20+ year wine. 96+ Inner quote mark (11/2019)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Refined and impressively structured, with handsome currant, black olive and stony mineral notes that build richness and polish on a lingering finish. Drink now through 2029. 500 cases made. (TF) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Dark ruby-red. A wild, musky hint of reduction to the aromas of cassis, black raspberry, boysenberry and game; today the wine's tiny Syrah component is obvious. Boasts lovely rich, deep dark berry fruit complicated by a note of cedary cigar box and complemented by sweet oak. Dense, broad and smooth in the mouth, but a surprisingly serious spine of acidity and building, dusty tannins call for some cellaring. Finishes with excellent grip and length and subtle violet lift. This topnotch Red Mountain vineyard was purchased by the Terlato family in 2016, and this impressive first release under the new owners was made by Doug Fletcher, who has nicely managed this vineyard's normally assertive tannins. (ST) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

93 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark A packed Red Mountain wine, this is the first release from the Terlato wine group since it purchased Klipsun Vineyard from David and Patricia Gelles in 2017. This debut leads with rich and tarry oak scents, along with notes of pencil lead, tobacco leaf and purple berries. The flavors are powerful and silky at once, filling out after days open, the tannic grip growing more refined and elegant with air. It has the stuffing to age, or pour with a black-and-blue steak. Inner quote mark (12/2019)

K&L Notes

The blend is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Syrah, 4% Merlot, 4% Malbec and aged 20 months in 100% new French oak.

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