While the 2013 growing season was the second warmest on record, it was surprisingly gentle on our vineyards. Budbreak came two weeks earlier than normal – although ‘normal’ is getting harder and harder to define these days. While warm temperatures throughout the season were occasionally disrupted by June rains and a few heat spikes in July, the cooler weather in September helped our fruit reach optimal maturity and balance. We use grapes grown at several different vineyards throughout the Columbia Valley, including the famed Seven Hills Vineyard in Walla Walla, and both Stillwater Creek Vineyard and the Lawrence family’s Corfu Crossing Vineyard outside Royal City – an area that should soon (we think) be designated as the Royal Slope appellation.
Our 2013 vintage Red Wine Blend is showing slightly bolder flavors and body than our inaugural 2012. This wine highlights explosive aromas of blackberry, black plums, dried strawberries and a beautiful black tea/juniper berry potpourri. The palate is dense, yet polished, and features big silky tannins. Elegant textures and a long, lithe finish will have this wine aging nicely for the next 7 to 10 years.
Pairs well with any red meat on the grill, pork tenderloin, heavy cheeses and grilled vegetables.
91 Points – Ripe and Expressive, Wine Enthusiast – September 2016
90 Points – Wine Advocate – June 2016
90 Points – Juicy and Lively, Wine & Spirits – February 2016