The 2019 growing season began with a strong, wet weather pattern that recharged the soil moisture profile and set the vines up for success. The hydrated soil delayed budbreak slightly, but the vines were ready to push healthy, strong canopies throughout the relatively mild spring and summer months. Extended periods of warm, beautiful weather in the summer and fall helped the vines transition from building canopy architecture to ripening fruit. This long, slow ripening period was ideal for our Russian Valley River Pinot Noir vineyards because the cool, foggy sites had time to develop and mature while the warmer sites did not lose their freshness and vibrancy. Fall temperatures were warm and consistent, allowing for excellent, even ripening and leading to wines that are forward, juicy and elegant. The warmer Pinot vineyards began trickling in at the beginning of September, and all the fruit was picked by September 25. The 2019 vintage is a classic expression of the Russian River Valley, with the depth of fruit, plush mouthfeel and energy that we love year after year.