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NEWS
Vintage Report
STELLAR
SONOMA
VINTAGE
By Rob Davis
Mother Nature has a track record of rewarding grape
farmers and winemakers the year after a challenging
vintage. Luckily, history repeated itself in 2018 with
an incredible vintage to follow the extremely difficult
2017. (She blessed us with one of the best wine
vintages of my career in 2012 after 2011 brought
a hard reminder that nature does have a cycle.)
It's remarkable how similar the 2018 vintage is
to 2012. If you loved the Napa and Sonoma wines
of what's been called the " vintage of the century, "
get ready to make the space for the next contender
in your wine cellar. Looking back over the last year
since bud break in the vineyards, there were four key
factors that led to a phenomenal wine vintage for
Sonoma County grapes in 2018.
Weather Returned to Normal
After years of drought, hot summers and early harvests, 2018 was
the first vintage in recent memory that returned to what I call the
" old normal. " The 2018 growing season was 3-4 weeks later than
recent vintages. It reminded me more of classic vintages from the
1990s when winter stayed cool and bud break occurred at a more
typical time in late March. This set the pace for the grape growing
season to continue progressing at a normal pace. Very little rain or
wind during the May flowering period led to a generous but not
excessive cluster count. August felt like the old days-very foggy,
cool mornings where the sun didn't peek through the marine
layer until lunchtime. The only real weather concerns of the entire
vintage were a heat spike in June during fruit set and a little rain
in late September. Fortunately, all of the thin-skinned chardonnay
grapes were picked for Jordan before the rain. We actually prefer
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