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2012 Tough Guy Wine With a Cause

Awarded Gold by the Seattle Wine Awards
$70.00 per Bottle
$660.00 per Case


Help fund cures today! Proceeds of Tough Guy sales benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Please note, to maximize fundraising discounts do not apply to this wine.

This wine is also available in an impressive boxed gift set.

Joe Taylor was already a “Tough Guy” as a 5 year old when he was diagnosed with A.L.L. Leukemia in 2007. His strength of spirit and personality allowed him to endure the exhaustive treatments while maintaining a brush off attitude, continually empowering those around him with his insistence, “Come on! I’m fine! Let’s go!” We are so proud of Joe for his courage, toughness, and inspiring attitude. This Tough Guy is also made of strong stuff. It is 100% Klipsun fruit and is as big as Joe’s personality. It has the power to drive home the greatness of one of Washington’s premier vineyards. Our minimalist approach to producing Tough Guy using native fermentation and not filtering or fining allows the fruit from this amazing vineyard to shine.

Tasting Notes

A rich, deep ruby/garnet color, this Tough Guy opens up with aromas of red currants, dark cherry, black licorice, amaro (a bitter, herbal liqueur), marjoram, dates, and black raspberry. These are only slightly ahead of the tobacco, fresh mint, and toasted grains that mingle in the background. The palate is full, lush, and seamless with nicely integrated tannins and a bright, spicy/saline-type lingering finish. This wine lets you in, a bit, but still has the concentration and structure to age for several years.

Vineyard Notes

100% Klipsun Vineyard, Red Mountain AVA

Winemaker Notes

A great vintage, the 2012 has allowed for soft, inviting tannins, which are considerably integrated for such an aggressive vineyard. Fruit was hand harvested between mid-September and late October and sorted twice before being destemmed and crushed into small 1.5 ton fermenters. Spontaneous fermentation lasted 14-16 days on skins, while finishing in barrels, followed by a natural secondary (MLF) fermentation, which lasted almost into the following spring. All lots were aged on lees in French oak for 22 months and only racked once to blend before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.


Beef stew, osso bucco, rack of lamb, hamburgers


Seattle Wine Awards: Gold
Vintage 2012
Wine Style Red Wine
Varietal Composition
75% Cabernet Sauvignon
25% Merlot
Appellation Red Mountain
Harvest Date Mid-September to late October
Acid 5.20g/L
PH 3.96
Alcohol % 14.9
Size 750 ml