Vintage Summary 2002

2002 was an exceptional vintage that combined the best elements of the 2000 and 2001 vintages. Very cold winter temperatures in 2001 were followed by an unusually early and warm spring. The potential high quality started with a small fruit set of small berries: the perfect raw material for a great vintage. A moderately warm summer, without the heat spikes (and lows) we typically see, resulted in an early harvest starting on March 26. The fruit ripened very quickly and was the most even and perfect we had ever seen. However, (Pinot Noir is always going to have a however!), the rich, full, plush-ness of the 2002 Pinot Noir give them something of a "New World" character. There is no doubt about the quality of the wines, but many Pinot Noir enthusiasts might prefer the focus and purity of the cooler vintages. These wines are certainly exceptional, whether they are great is another debate.