In many ways the 2013 growing season was a twin to the fabulous 2012 vintage; perhaps not identical but certainly more alike than not. Both vintages had warm, but not extremely hot summers and nearly perfect weather leading up to harvest. The resulting fruit was pristine and we were able to make harvest decisions based on ideals rather than forced circumstances. Our fruit sourcing for Sonoma County Pinot Noir continues to grow more refined year after year. We continually examine our vineyard sources to discard weaker links and add stronger ones. In addition, the 2013 vintage is comprised of the highest percentage of vineyard designate material that we’ve ever included. We reluctantly sacrificed nearly 40% of Hellenthal, Rice-Spivak, Tina Marie, Thorn Ridge, Sullivan, Jack Hill and even a few barrels of Coastlands to the Sonoma County blend. The blend possesses a wide range of clonal material including Swan, Calera, Pommard, Martini, 23, 115, 667, 777 and 828.