2004 VINTAGE NOTES
A warm and sunny spring gave us a good start to the season. The canopy filled out quickly and flowered in mid-June, amidst a heat spell that brought passing showers. That pattern of sun, heat and storms continued throughout the summer and into September. After a torrential storm in late September, the first 10 days of October were beautifully sunny and the rest of the month mild. This pattern allowed the grapes to ripen flavors and resist botrytis. Extra cluster-thinning until harvest reduced the amount of fruit but ensured clean, pure flavors. Chardonnay yielded a small, but delicious crop. Merlot from the same vineyard was picked a couple of weeks later, full of color and taste. Our new vineyard also produced its first crop of merlot and cabernet franc--a bit lighter in flavor, but successful nonetheless.
-John Leo, winemaker