This vintage began with an encouraging mild start and lower than average rainfall. Bud break and bloom were a couple weeks later than average, setting the growing season back slightly. Temperatures rose significantly in August, shortening the seasonal delay. Heat waves plagued the season from August to October, with temperatures over 110°F for extended periods of time. Harvest began on August 17th, with white wines showing great quality despite the heat. At the end of one of the warmest vintages in Paso, we have found wine flavors and quality to be very good with excellent concentration.
The vineyards proximity to the winery is one of the ways we capture aromatics. We open the winery early and pick at night to keep fruit cool. We use a gentle press cycle to extract juice and fill tanks specially designed to limit oxygen exposure. At every step of the process, we try to limit oxidation to create a fresh and aromatic wine.
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