From the exceptional Klipsun vineyard, this blend of two thirds Merlot and one third Cabernet Sauvignon delivers beautifully softened and ripened tannins. This is a great effort; it clearly shows why Washington is the place for that grape, and the Cabernet filling in the spine. The oak (40% new, all French) is matched to the weight of the fruit, and used properly, as a spice, not an event unto itself. This is as good as Klipsun gets, with the acid still there, no roasted flavors, no heat and no rough tannins.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.