Dried leaves danced in a race across the dry pavement. It was a reasonable escape considering the sweltering heat spikes that repeatedly visited wine country throughout the weeks of summer, but the effort used up entirely too much energy. No fewer than 5 weekends over a two month period saw triple digit temperatures blanket our vineyards hanging full of fruit. After a historically wet winter with a generous snow pack in the mountains, the vigor of the vines that had introduced the 2017 season had now slowed to a listless crawl. What was an early promise of good fruit quality and average crop yields was altered; it had become a different harvest.
|Sonoma County American Viticultural Areas(AVA)|
|Vineyard rows adapted to machine harvesting|