The 2010 growing season began with a very cool and wet spring.  Budbreak began in the last week in March and set a very small crop of small but full clusters.  Late May rains and cooler than normal summer temperatures enabled the moisture in the vineyard to support vine growth through the summer.  Flavors developed slowly with the mild weather and balanced acid levels were preserved through harvest.  Our proximity to the ocean and vigilant canopy management protected us from damaging late August heat spikes that affected many vineyards further inland.  We began picking the chardonnay at Camp Meeting Ridge the first week of October and yields were very low at 1.5 tons per acre.