2017 began with a very wet winter and spring. From November 2016 through May 2017, we received sixty inches of rainfall, approximately twice the precipitation of a normal year. Bud break started at the end of March, and the spring’s rains allowed for healthy canopy growth. The vines thrived in early June with the switch to warmer, drier conditions. This set the stage for uniform flowering, ensuring a good fruit set. The weather progressed to a pattern of frequent heat spikes through July, August and into Labor Day. It was the hottest summer we have recorded. Still, we were able to farm twenty percent of our vineyards without irrigation. Harvest began in late August, with the core occurring in late September and early October. 2017 will be defined by lush, bright fruit with ripe tannins and ample acidity. We were fortunate to harvest prior to the wildfires that began October 8th.
Clear and vibrant wheat hue in the glass, the expressive aromatics of this wine show pear, lime-focused citrus and tropical notes of pineapple over herbs and wet stones. The expanse of the nose is captured on the palate, with a saltiness and minerality that adds energy and complexity. Further, a textural softness is wrapped around a heart of racing acidity, generating purity, charm and brightness. All of these qualities make this wine very approachable in its youth, though it can continue to be enjoyed over the next several years.