2017 began with above average winter temperatures and low snow precipitation. Spring was timely with bud-break occurring the week of May 8. Cooler, damp temperatures began soon after however and remained through the height of the growing season. Fortunately, an even lowering mid-June was not hindered by these conditions. Extra attention to cluster thinning and leaf plucking was taken to ensure high quality fruit.
Fortuitously, summer weather seemed to start in September and carried through the warmest October in a decade. The total number of growing degree days soared during these two months allowing for delayed, but optimal ripeness. Perfect harvest conditions held through November
Showing aromatic citrus notes of lemon and kumquat that dovetail with white peach, nettles and bay leaf and a hint of distant lychee. The palate is similarly youthful and displays crisp green apple and guava with pink grapefruit rising on the still-evolving mid-palate and finish. A little time in the glass definitely shows to its advantage and bodes well for sipping down the road.