2013 J|R|G

Vintage Notes

The new normal? 2013 was hot. Temperatures were in the high nineties and into the hundreds from the end of June through the month of July and the first half of August. I never really worry about early heat in the season. It keeps the berries small and reduces canopy size. It is problematic after veraison and can be a big problem if it continues through and beyond the first two weeks in September. Patience was the name of the game in 2013. After a scary week of 95 and above temperatures during the second week of September, things cooled off and stayed in the mid-sixties to high seventies until the middle of October. Amazing! This allowed us to hang the fruit until the tannins softened (I do my tannin management in the vineyard not in the winery). The vintage was a recipe for small berries and soft fine grained tannins. Most of our Cabernet Sauvignon fruit was picked during the first half of October.Drink the 2013s while you wait for the ‘10s, ‘11s and ‘12s to mature. It is the most approachable and maybe the most forwardly delicious vintage to date. The entry is open, layered and sexy but the finish is detailed and focused. The best of both worlds!

Blend Details

75% Cabernet Sauvignon
22% Merlot
3% Malbec


38% Horse Heaven Hills
26% Red Mountain
22% Walla Walla
14% Rattlesnake Hills 


23% Klipsun
22% Canoe Ridge Estate
22% Seven Hills
16% Alder Ridge
14% Elephant Mountain
3% Tapteil

Harvest Dates

September 27 – October 15, 2013


14.2% by volume

Release Date

Fall, 2016


863 cases of 750mL bottles

pamplin-review-tasting-panel-93Made from declassified lots from six outstanding Columbia Valley vineyards; intense black fruit and lush texture; deep and balanced with ripe, big flavors; long and powerful.


pamplin-review-enthusiast-12-cabCabernet Sauvignon makes up three-quarters of this blend with the balance Merlot (22%) and Malbec. Coming from a who’s who of vineyards that includes Klipsun, Canoe Ridge, Seven Hills and Alder Ridge, it displays aromas of toasty spices, graphite, fresh herb and black currant. The dark fruit flavors are polished to a fine sheen, showing hang time on the finish. It impresses. (Sean Sullivan)