“2013 California Dreaming” Grower Report by Lee Hudson
2013 was a classic Northern California year; as near perfect as I can recall. A typical mid-March bud break was followed by a warm, frost-less, dry spring. Ideal early season growing conditions set the tempo for the season and experiencing beautiful flowering weather leading into a mild summer. By veraison, we were seeing phenology dates tracking two weeks ahead of average. Harvest began in August and continued non-stop for 45 straight days, without a hitch. The fruit was all safely in the winery before there were any threats of inclement weather. 2013 was a year of exceptional quality and smooth sailing.
Winemaker Comments by Christopher Vandendriessche
2013 was an early harvest with small intense berries. There was great fruit density in the fermenter as well as tons of silky tannins. We knew this year would need a few more months in barrel, and planned a later bottling date. 80% new French oak helped further silken the finish. The Merlot and Cab Franc were fermented separately in open top fermenters with indigenous yeast over 3-4 weeks and blended in May of the firs year. Malolactic was allowed to complete in the barrel. Bottled in July 2015, unfined and unfiltered.