2008 Vintage Notes

A year that we'll remember for some trickier than hoped for conditions, namely a season that started with record breaking springtime frost in March and April, contonmued with smoke and fire in June and ended with a 10-day heat spell in September. Fortunately, our vineyards escaped the smoke from the fires and weathered the heat spikes so that we were able to harvest some superior fruit. The cooler weather at the start of the year reduced yields but we were happy with how things turned out.

A year that we'll remember for some trickier than hoped for conditions, namely a season that started with record breaking springtime frost in March and April, contonmued with smoke and fire in June and ended with a 10-day heat spell in September. Fortunately, our vineyards escaped the smoke from the fires and weathered the heat spikes so that we were able to harvest some superior fruit. The cooler weather at the start of the year reduced yields but we were happy with how things turned out.

First Pick
September 1st, Amber Ridge clone 667
Last Pick
October 15th, Kanzler Pommard
Smallest Lot
.55 tons of Gaps Whole Cluster picked September 17th
Largest Lot
9.2 tons of Evans Ridge picked September 5th
New this Year
Jenkins, Hall, Stephens
Fact of note
Best lot nickname: 'Mermaids'
 
Longest ferment: 'Mermaids'

2008 Wine Notes

Appellation Wines

2008 Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir (PDF) 2008 Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir (PDF)

Single Vineyard Wines

2008 Gap's Crown Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir (PDF) 2008 Kanzler Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir (PDF) 2008 Amber Ridge Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir (PDF) 2008 Keefer Ranch, Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir (PDF) 2008 Koplen Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir (PDF) 2008 Garys' Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands, Pinot Noir (PDF) 2008 Pisoni Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands, Pinot Noir (PDF) 2008 Rosella's Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands, Pinot Noir (PDF)

Winemaker Series

2008 4-Barrel, California, Pinot Noir (PDF)

Vintages

2017 Fall Release

2015

Another vintage to make us all smile.

2014

Epic vintage. Near perfect conditions with yields to match.

2013

Quite simply, 2013 offered us truly wonderful conditions and allowed each vineyard to shine despite the recent statewide drought.

2012

Post-card growing season helped nurture a good crop of brilliant quality. A welcome respite from more difficult years.

2011

A challenging vintage but one we relished. Cool and wet spring followed by late rains during harvest caused some concern.

2010

Temperature extremes pushed us and our vineyards but the efforts paid off with resulting high quality.

2009

A joy of a vintage with near perfect growing conditions throughout the year.

2008

A difficult year - with frost, heat and drought all making an appearance.

2007

An ideal, if early, vintage with consistent weather and temperatures throughout the season.

2006

A cool spring was tempered by a hot July but overall, a cooler and more elegant year.

2005

Marked by cool weather that allowed fruit to mature gracefully. A sleek vintage.

2004

Excellent year. Slightly earlier harvest due to warmer temperatures.