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The year started with a relatively cool and wet spring compared to the last few years. As a result, bud break started closer to average in mid-April. The spring warmed up with record heat in late May that initiated flowering. However, a cool down in early June slowed flowering through the second and third week of the month, followed by a few days of record high temperatures. Overall, flowering was complete and produced an excellent fruit set.
July ramped up the heat, moving the vintage rapidly to véraison. However, August saw multiple one-day records for maximum daytime temperatures with heat stress events early and late in the month.
A warm early September accelerated fruit development but was slowed by a cool down mid-month. Feeling that the harvest would be fast and furious, our team breathed a sigh of relief with the cooler conditions and proceeded to have a slow and steady harvest. The result was near average to slightly higher than average sugar and acid levels with exquisite flavors and well-balanced fruit.
Similar to the last two vintages, the 2016 growing season continued to push the envelope for defining the new normal in the Willamette Valley as one of the earliest on record. An unusually warm spring gave way to moderate summer conditions, which provided even growing conditions through véraison. Though it was an intense growing season due to the early start, the fruit produced resulted in remarkable concentration and complexity with characteristic natural acidity.
Bud break kicked off the vintage two to four weeks earlier than average. A short heat spell at bloom condensed the flowering period, resulting in a smaller fruit set. Summer provided average conditions with fewer heat spikes than the 2014 or 2015 vintages, which led to smaller berry size and a higher concentration of flavors. In August, warmer than usual conditions shepherded along with the early vintage, and harvest started in early September.
The 2016 vintage saw practically immaculate fruit with few signs of disease, pest, or bird effects. Producing stunning wines with depth, concentration, and ripeness.