2008 Vintage

A very difficult vintage! Frost on April 20th, 21st, and 24th decimated some vineyards. Three weeks later it was 100 degrees. Fires in nearby Mendocino created smoke taint issues for some wines. A prolonged heat spell with low humidity at the end of August caused sugars in some vineyards to soar, necessitating picking before true physiological ripeness had been achieved. A year in which we often worked twice as hard (and spent twice as much!) for half the fruit. The results were worth it though, with many ‘08s eclipsing their ‘07 counterparts.