2006 Vintage

A schizophrenic year. A cold, wet spring delayed bud break by up to three weeks. Then textbook growing conditions for bloom and set. A record breaking heat wave in the latter half of July caused significant burn in some varieties, especially Petite Sirah. Afterwards, relatively benign weather, leading to a late start on September 22nd. Rain in early October led to some of the highest Botrytis pressure seen in the last 30 years. A beautiful latter half of October (65% of our fruit was picked between October 22nd and October 31st) saved the vintage. In the end, our finest set of wines to date.