The 2022 growing season in Napa Valley was marked by several record-breaking weather events. The growing season started off strong, when 80% of the season’s total rainfall arrived before the first day of 2022. Most of the vineyard ponds were filled for the first time in two years. The water spigot was turned off at the beginning of the new year, resulting in the driest three months on record. This dry spell led to an early start to bud break. Due to the earlier rains, the canopies were healthier this vintage than the two previous. The summer progressed with average weather but was slightly on the warmer side when compared to 2021. In July, harvest was expected to be 5 to 7 days earlier than in 2021 and about 15% lighter than average, but of a very high quality. In September, over the Labor Day weekend, Mother Nature released an unprecedented heat wave. This set the harvest into high gear! A rain event in late September helped to cool things down and allow the growers and vintners to catch their breath and continue at a more steady pace. Overall, the 2022 harvest was the most condensed in recent memory.
Grapes were picked at night with dry ice added to the bins to minimize oxidation. Once brought to the winery they were whole cluster pressed in a reductive method, then cold settled for 24 to 48 hours. Grapes were native yeast barrel fermented in one-third new French oak, one-third in neutral oak, and one-third in stainless steel barrels. The combination of fermentation vessels allowed bright fruit character to shine through while fully integrating complexity and texture. The wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation and was stirred every other week for four months prior to racking and bottling in May. It was sterile filtered at bottling to keep the wine’s vibrancy and keep from undergoing malolactic fermentation in bottle. Grapes were harvested on September 1st and 9th 2022.