The 2019 vintage began with steady precipitation throughout the winter months, with a record of eighteen inches of rainfall occurring in February. On top of the wet conditions, cooler weather in February and March caused a later start to the growing season in April. An additional four inches of rain in May created healthy and strong vigor and growth in the vines through the end of July. The wet conditions of the spring were followed by a dry summer culminating with a warm August, allowing for optimal ripening conditions following veraison. With the abundant winter and spring rainfall and our dedication to farming without irrigation, we were able to dry farm 75% of our vineyards in 2019. The warm and dry conditions allowed the grapes to fully ripen, and harvest began with Sauvignon Blanc on August 27th and continued gradually throughout the first half of September. A dry heat wave beginning on September 24th accelerated the harvest, which was completed by October 7th. The 2019 wines will be defined by purity of fruit and bright freshness.
With a clear, pastel copper hue, this wine’s aromatic bouquet mirrors tones of Rainier cherry, white peach and honeysuckle. The structure shows further notes of grapefruit and fresh white stone fruit, with a soft and delicate structure. The wine is satiating and inviting with bright acidity and a chalky, mineral finish. With its peak accessibility in the near term, it should be enjoyed over the next two years.