This was the shortest and hottest harvest in history – we started August 29 and picked Chardonnay, Albariño and Pinot Noir during 17 days non-stop, including Sundays! Just as we were expecting a late harvest, a heat wave in late August ripened the fruit and the problem was to gather it all before the sugars got too high. But the team exceeded our expectations (as they always do) and we were elated with the quality of every grape that arrived at the winery.
Except for the fact that yields were way below average, 2016 was a sweetheart of a harvest. The fruit came in looking beautiful every day, with exciting flavors, and sugars not high at all. Fermentations, all of them with our own indigenous yeast, are clean and progressing well.
2015 was a record breaker in many ways, all due to the erratic weather – we had the earliest harvest in the history of the winery, the coolest May on record during flowering and fruit set, and the driest and hottest August and September, crucial months for the harvest of our grapes.
2014 handed us a pressure-cooker of a harvest, the most condensed in memory. We started August 30 and went non-stop through September 24, except for three Sundays out of four - we were done in 3½ weeks! The yields were excellent, as was the quality of the fruit. And this is our third consecutive great harvest - we never had three wonderful vintages in a row!
The 2013 growing season was as close to perfect as a worried farmer could hope for: outstanding quality, nicely sized grape clusters, and very good yields. But this year was especially hectic. We picked fruit in various blocks at both of our vineyard sites practically non-stop for a month.