The extended drought was beginning to cause concern as the 2016 growing season began, but welcomed
winter rain hinted at the relief to come. After a relatively dry January we enjoyed significant rainfall in
February, along with mild temperatures. Bud break was early, but was slowed by heavy April showers.
While still early by historical standards, picking began about a week later than 2015, around Labor
Day, and continued at a modest pace, allowing the grapes to reach full flavor maturity. A traditionally
sized harvest followed the lighter vintage of 2015, and the extended mild season helped balance the
acids and add complexity to the flavor layers. Considered a perfect harvest and a winemaker’s dream
vintage, conditions produced a Pinot Noir with beautiful fruit and aromatic integrity.