2013 had been the warmest Columbia Valley growing season in a decade preceding it. The classic produced ripe, aromatic wines that benefitted from extended hang-time thanks to a cooler than usual September. Bud break ended up being early, followed closely by dry, summer that lasted until a long rainstorm crossed hawaii in mid-June. Due to the precipitation, the vines established a solid canopy that protected the grapes from high temperatures that persisted through July and August. Harvest began early, but cool September conditions slowed down ripening quite a bit. By October, the Columbia Valley’s typical warm fall weather pattern returned together with grapes finished ripening beautifully to produce delicious, balanced wines with exemplary acidity.
- Winemaker Mike Januik, Honorary Vintner, Auction of Washington Wines 2016
- Stillwater Creek, “One of Washington’s Top 20 Vineyards,” Paul Gregutt, Washington Wines & Wineries: The Essential Guide
- Winemaker Mike Januik, Winemaker of the season, Seattle Magazine 2008
- Stillwater Creek, Vineyard of the season, Seattle Magazine 2008
- Rated 90+ Eight Consecutive Vintages by top magazines including Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate and Wine Enthusiast, 2005-2012