The aromas are nuanced, with notes of baked bread, lees, stone fruit and
citrus zest. Fresh, clean flavors follow. It persists on the finish. Tasty stuff.
The 2022 vintage had slightly warmer than average growing conditions
following a warmer than average 2021 and 2020. Budbreak occurred in the
third week of April just a few days earlier than average for our vineyard.
Like many other vineyards in the Willamette Valley our estate vineyard
suffered some frost damage in April and again in May. These frosts killed
many of the primary buds so we relied on the secondary and tertiary buds
to push, hoping they would be fruitful. Bloom occurred in the middle of
July with favorable weather conditions, which led, to our surprise, to a near
average fruit set and berry size. From there on the season was near average
in terms of precipitation and temperature. The fall ripening period was
nearly ideal with warm days, cool nights and little rain. The concerns about
the effect of the frost on the vines and fruit quality seems to have been unnecessary as the 2022 wines are of high quality and excellent concentration.
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