February 28, 2022 15:21
From record highs to record lows,
the 2022 season is off to a quirky start
We all got excited after harvest last year when the skies opened and we had record rainfall. Finally, a great start to our rainy season! We clocked around 30 inches in our neighborhood by the time 2021 ended, putting us at or above seasonal averages.
After that, we gave new meaning to "dry January" and have continued that into February, with only a tiny 1½ inches coming down since the beginning of the year. Unseasonably warm temperatures added to the party, with a full week of days reaching into the upper 70s and low 80s. Mother Nature decided to send us the polar (pun intended) opposite of that this week, plunging our morning temperatures into the 20s, as you can see from the frosty vineyard picture above.
So, what does all this mean for our vineyards and the grapes that will be made into our favorite beverage? Fortunately, no bad news so far, and even some good, as many ponds were filled with the big rains, so we're looking pretty solid for water here in our neighborhood, where the rainfall was some of the heaviest. Also, while the vines looked like they might start waking up early with the warm weather, it turned cold before that happened, so it's looking like we'll be back on track for our typical mid-March budbreak. As long as we don't have this sub-30s weather come back after the buds start unfurling their little leaves, we should be in good shape and not see any negative effects on the upcoming crop. We're also forecast to possibly get a bit more rain in this coming week, and our state really needs that to keep us out of a drought situation, so get out your raindance shoes to help that turn into a reality!
Library wines to get you through the rest of winter
While we're all enjoying our cozy nights by the fireplace and cooking at home, we've found ourselves hitting our cellars for some older wines to accompany these meals. Wines with a few years of age on them have additional breadth and gorgeous secondary notes that provide the wine with an extra dose of depth, along with savory characters that make them even better matches for these dishes.
We have a limited number of magnums available on some of our library wines as well. Email us for more information.
Orders of four or more bottles of library wines receive shipping included.
Wow, check out these upcoming scores!
We've just received early word from Wine Enthusiast about these stellar scores coming up in their May issue, and couldn't be more thrilled! Most of these wines are currently wine club-only selections, so you must be a member to purchase. As if you needed another reason, doesn't that make this the perfect time to join? We'd be delighted to discuss club options with you if you're not sure which club level is right for you—just give us a call or send an email.
2019 Azaya Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir
97 points & Cellar Selection
2019 Docker Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
96 points & Cellar Selection
2019 Angel Camp Vineyard Pinot Noir
2019 Walker Hill Vineyard Chardonnay
Ready to join the club? Yes, that is a fantastic idea!
Yes, if you need some big bottles to get you through, we've got that covered as well! You can find our current release magnums here; email us for availability on library magnums.
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