2004 Growing Season
was an unusual year. Warm weather
in February caused bud break to occur on March 28th, much earlier
than usual. Then cool weather came
during flowering, and Mother Nature thinned our crop for us (usually we thin to
2 Tons per acre). June, July, and
most of August were very hot, but the heaviest August rainstorm in several
decades brought the heat to an end.
This rain burst many of the berries, causing them to ooze juice,
attracting ants and yellow jackets; those grapes that the insects did not eat
were taken by an unusually early migratory bird flock, leaving the vines to
easily mature 3/4 ton per acre!
The Indian summer in mid-September allowed flavors to mature coolly and
fully prior to harvest during the first week of October.
The 2004 Pinot Noir has a
nose of strawberry mixed with forest floor and brambles. The soft tannins produce a rich mouth
feel accentuated by cherry and raspberry.
The finish begins with penetrating fruit flavors that grab your
attention and then trails off with spice and sufficient acidity to complement
salmon, lamb, or beef Bourgogne.
The structure of the wine allows extended cellaring for secondary
characteristics to emerge. Drink by 2020.