Harvest 2018 - A Steady End to an Ideal Season

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Harvest 2018 - A Steady End to an Ideal Season


Our earlier ripening varieties like Viognier and some of the younger blocks of Syrah budded out in late March and early April. Varieties that are slightly later such as Grenache, and late-ripening such as Roussanne and Mourvèdre, followed later in April (except for some younger high-density blocks of Mourvèdre which budded earlier than normal). Weather during April and May was cool and windy, which slightly disrupted pollination and fruit set, before moving into the more ideal conditions of summer. The overall character of the growing season was one of moderately warm days, cool nights, extended cooling patterns, and general avoidance of heat spikes. In short, weather patterns were idyllic, and the timing of the growing season played out in much the same way that it started – three to four weeks later than the previous several vintages and much more in a traditional time frame. ...

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