As with every year, the 2017 growing and harvest seasons have been unique. The onset of bloom and set were later than normal after the much-needed winter rains. Early summer heat brought the vines up to speed but also used up precious ground water. Instead of triple digits, the majority of August was extremely cool, which resulted in the vines slowing down and giving us more "hang time" (which winemakers LOVE). Extreme heat in late August gave us just enough time to prepare the cellar after bottling. We ran the first fruit across the scale on September 2nd.