Vintage Summary 2006

Our earliest starting date yet of March 17 after a particularly hot and dry summer (many days over 30C with temperatures peaking at 39C). The hot dry weather through flowering resulted in large berries and large crops leading us to saignee almost all tanks and make another Vin Gris. 2006 made perfumed and elegant wines with a wonderful natural balance. Perhaps not the fruit intensity or depth of the brooding 2005's, but wines that can best be compared to the elegant 2001's and 2003's. Somewhat of a landmark vintage for us being our 10th vintage and also the first where 100% of our Pinot Noir vineyards are being farmed organically and biodynamically.