Mid-December rain in 2014 was followed by a dry and warm January and February with temperatures in the 60s. The early warming of the soils in 2015 encouraged sap flow in the vines, leading to bud break the first week of March. Sporadic showers throughout late March and early April brought added moisture to the vines during the beginning of the growing season and provided excellent vegetative support during the period of rapid shoot development. Our Pinot Noir experienced an extended bloom lasting from mid-April through early May which led to decreased yields with well-spaced, smaller clusters — excellent from a quality standpoint. Moderate summer temperatures balanced by the presence of coastal fog brought the phenolic chemistry of the rosé fruit to optimal harvest levels during the first week of August.
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