Wine Maker Notes
The best wines are crafted by winemakers who are intimately connected to their wines. Winemakers who stay close to the vineyard, who select their grapes by hand at the perfect moment of ripeness. Winemakers who taste their barrel selections and blend the individual lots together to create an exquisitely balanced wine.
The Napa Valley AVA is renowned for its long growing season, marked by warm, sunny days and cool evenings. These growing conditions are ideal for allowing grapes to ripen slowly and evenly. The 2008 growing season began dry and cool, leading up to an early frost that affected some vineyards during budbreak, reducing yields. The weather remained fairly mild through the summer, though some heat spikes occurred before harvest. Despite these challenges, the weather settled, allowing us to harvest each varietal at its optimal ripeness. While yields were quite low compared to past vintages, the harvest produced exceptional quality fruit, with great complexity and concentration...