2007 VINTAGE NOTES
This was a season of almost magical excellence. Winter was relatively mild with some cold spells but no damaging weather. A warming trend in April was a sign that the growing season would be warmer and sunnier than usual. Even though bud break occurred at the normal time in May, early growth was fast and consistent due to above average temperatures. That trend continued into the fall, giving us healthy vines and great flavor potential. Throughout the summer into October, we had plentiful rain, mostly in brief, drenching storms amid long periods of sunshine. When the temperatures began to fall, the sun continued to shine and our grapes to ripen evenly and thoroughly. Chardonnay was hand-harvested in early October. Merlot, cabernet franc and syrah were hand-picked, too, under ideal conditions. There was even plenty of sun left to ripen cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot late in the season. A vintage to remember and savor.
-John Leo, winemaker