2017 Old Vines Reviews Vineyards Past Vintages

Vineyard Source

Klipsun, Red Mountain
Red Willow, Yakima Valley


98% Cabernet Sauvignon
2% Petit Verdot



Release Date

February 8, 2020


345 cases

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(93-95) points, Jeb Dunnuck

"Coming from the Klipsun Vineyard on Red Mountain and Red Willow in Yakima, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Old Vines is the old vine Cabernet Sauvignon of the estate and the vineyard sources change from year to year. This full-bodied effort reveals a saturated purple color to go with rich, opulent notes of blackberries, roasted herbs, graphite, and crushed rocks. It's a concentrated, rich, layered 2017 with good purity and a great finish."



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From the 2015 Vintage - (92-94) Points (June 2017)

"The 2015 Old Vines is a tiny, 245-case production based on Cabernet Sauvignon. Seeing just under 80% new French oak, it has a very pretty, perfumed, fresh style in its violets, blueberry, mint and bay leaf aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated and with good acidity, it has a firm, focused style and I wouldn't open bottles for at least 3-5 years." Jeb Dunnuck




Named by Wine and Spirits magazine as one of the Top 25 vineyards in the World, Klipsun is truly a Washington icon. Located on the western edge of Red Mountain AVA, the vineyard was planted in 1984 by David and Patricia Gelles. There are currently 120 acres planted to vines, managed by Julia Kock. Klipsun fruit is all about power. It's placement on Red Mountain exposes the vines to strong nighttime winds that thicken the grape's skins, making a smaller berry with dense fruit concentration and broad-shouldered structure. These conditions, coupled with the natural, consistent heat of Red Mountain create a wine of big, bold aromas and muscular intensity and power.

Red Willow 

Red Willow vineyard is one of the oldest vineyards in the state, a true Washington pioneer. Owned and operated by Mike Sauer, his wife Karen, sons Jonathan and Daniel, and son-in-law Rick Willsey, Red Willow remains a family operation. The vineyard is located on the Yakama Indian Reservation, on steep south-facing slopes in the Cascade foothills, in the Yakima Valley AVA. The first wine grapes were planted in 1973 under the direction of Dr. Walt Clore. Red Willow represents classical non-fruit qualities with stunning balance and grace.