Vine husbandry is vital in creating microclimates in the vineyard to achieve the perfect balance of light, shade and coolness. Each of these microclimates is managed meticulously to ensure the fruit develops a unique flavor profile to enhance depth and complexity in the final wine.
With drought conditions persisting throughout the growing season, significant rainfall in January resulted in welcome relief, and concern for disease potential. Fortunately, damage was minimal with canopies drying quickly and little impact on fruit quality. Yields, particularly for red varieties, were well below average because of the drought leading to accelerated berry ripening. This called for quick decision making in the vineyard to ensure fruit was picked at optimum flavor development. The end result is a wine with excellent depth of color, weight and tannin structure.