Sigillo Winemaker, Steve Bailey, has had a passion for winemaking since 1985. When he came to Ryan and Mike during one of their weekly golf outings at Mt. Si Golf Course in North Bend, he asked if we wanted to make some wine as a group, for personal consumption. We all said, "SURE, can we drink it tonight?" And that began our yearly adventure. We began with only two varietals in 2005, buying grapes through the Washington Wine Club. We were amazed at how good the wines were, and after producing 4 more successful vintages, in 2009 Ryan convinced Mike to move into a commercial business. Our first location was in the "old Meadowbrook town" within Snoqualmie, just 2 miles from that fateful golf outing. We moved in May 2014 to Railroad Ave and our new tasting room is located in the Mignon building.
In 2010 we produced 5 varietals: Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, a blend we call Confluence (named for the confluence of the three forks of the Snoqualmie river right behind the winery) and our star feature, Cabernet Sauvignon and its Reserve. We chose our contract vineyards carefully the first year and found some good partners in the AVAs of Red Mountain, Rattlesnake Hills and Horse Heaven Hills. All of our wines that year were aged appropriately in oak.
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