The season began with a false spring in late February, with temperatures reaching 79 degrees on March 1 threatening early budbreak. Fortunately, temperatures became more seasonal and remained close to 50 degrees, keeping the vines dormant. Bud break occurred in early-April, a bit ahead of schedule. Our relationship with nature was largely uneventful in May, June, and July. Bloom came and went in 10 days—just what we like to see. June was dry, but July brought some needed rain. Veraison started early and went quickly. August and September brought the hurricane season and cool weather. A late season heat wave pushed sugars to extraordinary levels and tannins smoothed.