The 2019 growing season was slightly cooler and modestly wetter than the warm and dry seasons the previous four years, although phenological timing – budbreak, bloom, veraison and harvest – and growing degree days were almost identical to the warmer 2018. 

Notably, September and October each had ~2.6 inches of rain, and the latter half of September into October was considerably cooler than prior years. Thankfully the precipitation was spread out in September, and the majority of the rain in October occured after harvest, so hand-wringing was replaced with relief and joy regarding the high quality of the vintage. 

We expect excellent wine from vintage 2019.