The Keeper

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The Keeper
The Keeper

A keeper is many things—a person who looks after something; a protector; a player who defends a teamʼs goal. We created this wine in collaboration with Washington Youth Soccer and Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei to benefit local youth sports programs. Our goal with this release is to bring people together, make meaningful connections, and give back to the place we call home.

$15 from every bottle sold of The Keeper goes to support Washington Youth Soccer Foundation.


Give a wine gift that gives back, The Keeper. For last-minute shopping, we are offering free delivery for the Seattle metro area for orders of 12+ bottles or pickup at Elsom Cellars’ Seattle tasting room now through December 23rd, 12-6pm. For every bottle gifted, $15 is donated to youth sports programs for underserved kids through Washington Youth Soccer.

For complimentary local delivery: Select Pick UP at checkout and in notes indicate you want local delivery and indicate a preferred date and time.




*Wine Club & Case discounts do not apply. Free curbside pick up at 2960 4th Ave South, Seattle, WA 98134 or shipping/delivery available for an additional fee. Please contact us with any questions at 425-298-3082 or email.

Tasting notes

The Keeper is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, and Syrah sourced from three of Washington’s most distinctive vineyards—Artz Vineyard, Alder Ridge Vineyard, and Elephant Mountain Vineyard. 

Artz Vineyard on Red Mountain is known for producing wines of longevity, structure, and power. The vineyard was planted in 1997 by Washington winemaking pioneer Fred Artz on the lower bench of Red Mountain overlooking the Yakima River. Cabernet Sauvignon from this warm site produces wines with ripe red berry notes framed by structured tannins. Elsom has been working with this vineyard since the winery’s inception, and Jody Elsom has fond memories of her son, Logan, hunting vineyard snakes with Fred Artz many years ago. 

The Malbec hails from Alder Ridge Vineyard, one of the first established sites in the Horse Heaven Hills appellation. Although sitting in a warm region, the vineyard’s proximity to the cooling wind off the Columbia River moderates and extends the growing season, encouraging complexity and balance in the finished wine. This vineyard is consistently one of our last to harvest every year since we began working with it in 2008. We find that Malbec thrives in this environment, developing a balanced acidity and intriguing notes of dark fruit and cocoa accented by a peppery savory spice. Malbec is a favorite variety of the Elsom Cellars team, and it shines in this blend. 

Merlot and Syrah from Elephant Mountain Vineyard round out the wine. The vineyard is situated on a series of southern-facing high elevation slopes in the Rattlesnake Hills AVA within Yakima Valley. The vineyards elevation and orientation lessen the risk pf spring and fall frosts, allowing for a long growing season particularly well-suited to Rhone varieties such as Syrah. Merlot from this site contributes body and softens the tannins for the overall blend, and Syrah lends a complexity and black pepper spice notes. 

Altogether, the wine presents a complex and intriguing portrait of Washington State wine.

Production notes

30%    Cabernet Sauvignon
30%    Malbec
20%    Merlot    
20%    Syrah  

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