A very cool winter with just over half of our yearly rainfall transitioned to a cool spring that caused a later than normal bud break. May through July
was temperate with below average daytime highs. August and September temperatures were 20% higher than normal with two record heat spells in mid August and early September. Our coastal moisture pushed the smoke from Napa and Big Sur fi res high in the sky. The orange tinted marine layer shielded the grapes from the summer sun and smoke in a surprising boost to late summer ripening conditions. Harvest started September 9th and was wrapped by October 15th. 2020 was solid vintage overall on the West side of Paso Robles. Fruit quality was high with welcomed lower than normal acids.
3 separate blocks of MAHA Grenache and two blocks from James Berry were fermented in concrete and stainless for 3-4 weeks prior to being basket pressed. Once pressed they were barreled down into a selection of French barriques and puncheons, 26% new for 15 months.