2014 was an exceptional growing season along the true Sonoma Coast. The winter was mild, yet again, in Northern California, yet the extreme coastal regions received significant rainfall in the latter part of winter and early spring. This precipitation fully saturated the soil, and provided enough moisture to support our vineyards through the growing season. Signs of budbreak first showed in early March and the onset of flowering around the late week of April. Summer was moderate, dominated by cool, sunny days with omnipresent fog just offshore. The onset of veraison was fairly widespread by the third week of July, and the continuation of moderate and sunny weather interspersed with cool fog prevailed through the end of the growing season, allowing us to bring in chardonnay of exceptional depth of flavor and finesse.