The 2018 vintage had a cool, dry winter with almost all of the rain occurring from late February through March for final rainfall total at 60% of normal. Bud break began in mid- to late March after a few warming periods. Temperatures fluctuated in April with some minor frost in a few vineyards. May and June alternated between warm and cool temperatures during flowering, including a few windy days that naturally reduced our yields a bit. Warmer weather began in June and it was hot from mid-June through the end of July with veraison starting in the last week of July. The high heat continued until mid-August causing the plants to shut down periodically and delaying ripeness and maturity a bit until a cooling trend put us toward late August, helped to get things back on track. The characteristic Paso warm days and cold nights in September retained natural acidity in the fruit while we waited for ripeness and maturity to optimize. The rains stayed away through October allowing us to harvest only as perfect ripeness and maturity appeared in each block of our Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and merlot through early November.
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