2016 Old Vines Reviews Vineyards Past Vintages

Vineyard Source

Klipsun, Red Mountain
Red Willow, Yakima Valley
Olsen, Yakima Valley


98% Cabernet Sauvignon
2% Petit Verdot



Release Date

February 9, 2019


260 cases

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Winemaking Notes

The 2016 Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon honors some of the oldest and most well-respected vineyards in the state. At the core, Klipsun offers powerful Red Mountain character with intense dark fruits, excellent palate weight and exquisite texture. Red Willow brings the savory, old-world charm of the cooler climate in the Yakima Valley. Petit verdot from Olsen Vineyard provides mouth-filling flavors of sweet fruit. Old vines are more self-regulating in the vineyard, offering lighter crops, smaller berries and extremely concentrated aromatics and flavors. Our job in the cellar is to carefully extract these qualities without going too far and creating a wine that is unapproachable and hard. Great care is taken to gently handle the must, which is never pumped and is punched down twice a day to create gentle extraction. Once fermentation is complete the wine is lightly pressed to barrel where it will age for 21 months in 100% new French oak.



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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.


Leif Olsen's Yakima Valley AVA vineyard consistently produces some of the highest quality and most sought after grapes in the region. The first vines were planted in 1980, with the most recent planting in 2005. Vines sprawl over 800 acres over a wide variety of slopes, aspects, and elevations. Viognier, Syrah, and Petit Verdot are sourced from Olsen for Mark Ryan Winery wines. Mark and Mike have also collaborated with Leif to plant 7 acres of high density Grenache, Syrah, and Mouvedre on ancient soils at 1200-1300 feet of elevation which will come to fruition in 2016.