The fruit for this wine is sourced from our best-performing vineyards on the estate. Reuter's Merlot and Cabernet Franc sit side-by-side on the southern end of the property, where the soils have a bit of clay and more organic matter. Harry's Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are planted on the southern exposure of Norman's Hill, where the slope and sandy soils provide excellent drainage. Petit Verdot is sourced from two small blocks in different soil types.
The vineyards had a good rest during the sufficiently cold winter before pushing buds with average timing. For the second year in a row, late spring and early summer were beautiful with dry, warm weather, allowing the vines to develop healthy canopies and set a record crop. A typical mid-summer humid spell with warm nights applied some disease pressure to the vineyards, but the quickly ripening fruit fared well through verasion. The pattern shifted again in August and we had a full month of dry, beautiful days during the critical ripening period for our whites. Tropical storms started to blow through mid-September, but as they trended north, the vineyards were spared from the worst of the rainfall (and a scary tornado that tore through town just a mile away). September was a very busy month with most of the whites and some early reds coming off the vines with great flavor and ripeness. October brought cooler temperatures and very little sun, retaining acidity but making it difficult for later reds to ripen to their full potential.