2013 was a wonderful growing season along the Sonoma Coast. The winter rains fell early, with abundant rainfall throughout December and January. Warmer and drier weather in February led to budbreak in early March and the onset of flowering around the second week of May. Quite unusually, the estate experienced three inches of rainfall near the end of June, raising concerns for mildew pressure but fortunately cool and windy weather followed, and in the end, the rainfall was greatly appreciated by the vines after a very dry spring. The first signs of veraison began to appear around the third week of July, and the continuation of moderate, but sunny weather prevailed through the end of the growing season, allowing us to bring fruit in steadily and at optimum ripeness. After four years of biodynamic farming practices, composting, cover cropping and tilling we have seen quite a dramatic improvement in the life of our soil.