The growing season started out with a cooler than average April, delaying bud break slightly. Immediately thereafter, temperatures warmed way up. May was one of the warmest months on record and we went from being almost 2 weeks behind to right on track by the 1st of June. Bloom time weather was ideal which led to a good and consistent fruit set and those conditions remained through harvest. Heat accumulation was slightly above average (3100 GDD) making it very similar to 2017. It was quite possibly the best harvest conditions I’ve see. We did not have any rain nor freezing temperatures clear into November which allowed for maximum hang time and excellent phenolic development. I would rate quality of the 2018 vintage as exceptional.