After all the challenges that 2011 had for us, we were ready for anything that Mother Nature wanted to give us for this year’s growing season. But she must have taken pity of us farmers and blessed us a beautiful year of “normal” weather.
We had a slightly early spring and the weather continued to be moderate though out the summer. This gave us all the time we needed to go though the vineyard to tuck our canes, sucker our trunks and watch the plants for dehydration.
September and October had just the right amount of heat spikes to push our grapes to full maturity. Just a few of our Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc blocks still had fruit when the first rain came in. Luckily it was just enough perspiration to settle the dust for us to get in there and pick the grapes. The harvest was bountiful, blessing us with a slightly heavier than excepted crop load.