Winter was cold and hard, but gave way to a surprisingly mild late March and April. This brought the vines out of dormancy early and gave Long Island its earliest bud break to date. The spring was warm, with occasional showers, and the flowering period saw sun and heat, allowing for a good fruit set. The summer was hot and humid--one of the warmest ever--with periods of rain. The grapes ripened early and quickly during September. We harvested healthy and flavorful crops of chardonnay, merlot and cabernet franc nearly two weeks ahead of historical normal.
The best vintage since 2007.