The 2013 vintage was one of the warmest on record for Washington. We found letting the canopy grow and protect our clusters was a key strategy in maintaining fruit flavors and acidity. There were a number of days over 100 degrees which initially concerned us but as we started fermentations and tasted the resulting wine we enjoyed the mature flavors that developed.
2013 RED WINE BLEND (90pts WA; 90pts W&S; 91pts WE)
2013 MERLOT (limited release; not rated)
The 2012 growing season was our first in Washington, and we were lucky in getting a perfect year. A relatively mild winter followed by some spring rains resulted in nature doing most of the crop thinning for us by setting a reasonable crop size. A couple of the usual hot spells moved maturity forward without straining the vines. Harvest started in mid-September and wrapped up before the end of October.
2012 RED WINE BLEND (91pts WA; 91+pts ST; 91pts W&S; 90pts WS)
2012 CABERNET FRANC (limited release; not rated)