A snowy winter and extended chill kept the vines dormant into May. June was turbulent with sun and rain alternating; the vines managed to set fruit in between the raindrops. Finally, summer heated up, but September brought nearly weekly rainstorms. Ripening struggled. Chardonnay came in with lower natural sugars than normal, making for a lighter style. We chose not to make a barrel-fermented chardonnay this year. We made a first pass on the red vines to reduce the crop load and produce a rosé wine. In late October, we harvested plump and juicy cab franc and merlot.
Overall, a challenging but successful vintage.