Notes on the 2005 Growing Season

2005 was one of the most difficult bitter-sweet harvests we have ever experienced.  The true Sonoma Coast was besieged by June rains just as the vines began to flower, giving us fewer clusters that were smaller and tighter than usual.  Our vineyard staff worked hard to coax less than one ton per acre from our estate vineyards after the extreme June weather.  Lower than average yields created rich, intense and concentrated flavors.  Harvest began September 20 and picking was not completed until October 25th.  Cool harvest weather allowed this smaller crop ideal hang-time to develop flavor, tannin, and intriguing complexity and balance.