“2014 Miracles Do Happen” Grower Report by Lee Hudson
2014 provided us with generous, well-proportioned wines and our third consecutive glorious harvest. The growing season started with impending drought but then seven weeks of rain beginning in February filled both our soils and our ponds. Warm soils and a frost free spring contributed to the earliest bud break in memory. Bloom past with mild, near perfect conditions producing a nicely balanced crop. Early bud break and a mild summer prompted the earliest harvest of the last 30 years. We were well underway with harvest on August 24th when we were shook up like a rattle snake bone by the West Napa earthquake. Despite its destructive force we harvested and crushed the following day, finishing up harvest one month ahead of 2013. A near disastrous drought, a calamitous shaking, and three beautiful harvests in a row; sounds like a miracle to me.
Winemaker Comments by Christopher Vandendriessche
Another early vintage ripened the fruit to perfection with no raisining or other fruit damage. The clusters were 100% de-stemmed into an open-top stainless fermenter. The natural “Wild” yeast ferment was slow and steady with temperatures peaking at a relatively cool 84 degrees F. Malolactic took place in 80% new French oak barrels. The wine was racked twice for added clarity and bottled unfiltered in June 2016.