Spring was characterized by a warm March, freezing temperatures in early April, and cold temperatures during bloom that all combined to reduce crop loads by about a quarter. The cold of spring gave way to scorching summer temperatures, with more than twice the average number of days over 90 degrees than is typical. The next threat was posed by Hurricane Ermine in early September. After a hurricane threat in September and the threat of more rain before the red harvest, the final push came in early October. Despite the heat, the flavors and color are superb, and in an unusual twist, the acid levels are nearly perfect, giving the wines an unusual level of harmony and balance this vintage.
Winemaker: Tom Croghan