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.