Our 2016 Harvest season started off with a cool beginning. August had very moderate temperatures compared to recent norms but September heated up right in time to soften skins and sweeten the juices of our clusters. By the third week of September our Viognier and Merlot were ready to be picked and right after those grapes left the vine our first rain was on the horizon.
Luckily the early fall storm was only enough rain to settle the dust. Our Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were picked next, with our Cabernet Franc coming in shortly thereafter. Before we could blink, all of our grapes were harvested. Our overall tonnage was up from last year and all of our fermentations bubbled along smoothly. So on the whole, both the farmer and the winemaker in us were totally fulfilled.