We are officially done with Patz & Hall grapes for 2014!
The quality is exceptional. The Pinots are dark, full of mature, ripe tannins, fruity, complex and smelling really good. Whites are showing really nice aromas, full of sun drenched fruits. Really fetching! Acid levels were higher than normal.
Once we started picking on August 19th with early Dutton Ranch Chardonnay, things kept rolling. Almost exactly one month, to the day! Not an easy task, but the cellar crew has been spectacular! A big shout of thanks to Alberto, Freddie, Pepe and the seasonal guys for a job well done!
There is a particular satisfaction having the last fruit picked, literally, snatched, from under the rain- what a relief to have another very fine year in the barn.
Congratulations to everyone on an exciting, high quality vintage!