Co-owner/winemaker Brian Petersen managed to get grapes from highly regarded Pepper Bridge Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley for this wine from his second vintage. He also brought in fruit from Double Canyon and Hattrup Farms. It opens with aromas of cherry, cedar and chocolate, followed by flavors of bold dark fruit on the palate, along with spices. Rich tannins back up the ripe fruit. The label honors the SS Dix, a top-heavy steamer built in 1904 that ferried passengers between Seattle and Alki and, later between Seattle and Port Blakely. A collision in 1906 caused the SS Dix to sink, taking 39 souls with it – making it the worst maritime disaster in Northwest history.
Production: 90 cases