Chilly temperatures and below average rainfall ushered in the 2007 harvest, but warm temperatures in spring and early summer gave us ideal growing conditions. Modest crop levels and the perfect weather convinced us that it would be an early harvest. A brief heat spell in August gave us the boost of flavor that we were looking for to complement the natural acidity and harvest went off without a hitch.I have to say, the TAZ Pinot Gris vineyards are just gorgeous with every leaf and shoot neatly in place. The majority (75%) of the grapes come from our Cat Canyon Vineyard near Los Alamos. Block 1A-S is planted to Pinot Gris of clone 146 on Freedom rootstock, producing fruit with crisp acidity and fresh notes of lemon and lime. The wines from this block have a focused line of minerality running through them a " a quality I have always admired in Alsatian Pinot Gris. The rest of the grapes for the blend are from two blocks in our North Canyon Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley. Yields in this vineyard are typically quite low and the vines have to struggle to flourish in the sandy soils, ultimately producing intense flavor. Both vineyards turned out exceptional grapes this year, and there is a hint of tropical fruit thanks to an unusually hot July.The 2007 Santa Barbara Pinot Gris has aromas of key lime, lychee, honeysuckle and grapefruit. The palate is clean and refreshing with flavors of melon, lime zest and a touch of spice. About 10 percent of the blend is barrel fermented in used French oak barrels to fill out the mid-palate; the rest of the blend sees only stainless steel.