The 2009 vintage started off with another mild winter and cool spring. Late spring rains provided ample soil moisture and abundant cover crops (creating organic matter when plowed under) going into the growing season. Temperatures and weather conditions were ideal during bloom and encouraged good fruit-set and uniformity. Temperatures were on the cool side throughout most of the summer and we observed excellent flavor development early in the season. Bud break occurred in mid-March and harvest of Pinot Noir began September 4th and lasted until October 22nd giving us a typical growing season and allowed us to pick at low sugars and perfect ripeness with lively acidity. We were fortunate to have picked all of our fruit before heavy rains showered the estate in mid-October. On the whole, Pinot Noir yields were low: 2 tons per acre at Sea View Ridge and 2.4 tons per acre at Camp Meeting Ridge.