Notes on the 2006 Growing Season

Winter 2006 was wet, on of the heaviest rain seasons on record here on the Sonoma Coast.  As a result, bud break was about three weeks later than usual and the tender shoots finally emerged between May 8 and May 17th.  By mid-June, we experienced near perfect bloom conditions, sunny and dry with temperatures in the low 70’s.  The unique climate of the Sonoma Coast gave start to an excellent growing season.  With ha generous cluster set, it was immediately clear that diligence as winegrowers was essential.  Our vineyard team focused on vine balance in order to achieve even ripeness.  Three selective thinning passes were made at just the precise times in July and August.  Harvest began on September 14 at Flowers Ranch and finished at Camp Meeting Ridge on October 16th.  Overall, the 2006 wines are pretty and fruit forward characteristics of an ideal bloom and set.  Each vineyard displays its own unique character, balance and depth.