The 2014 vintage was the warmest in the last seventeen years. The total growing degree days (GDD) for the season were a warm 2,774 – a mid-Region II – well above the 2,365 GDD Region I average for the Arroyo Seco AVA. This atypical growing season began with a very warm, dry spring, which initiated early bud break and flowering. Summer, however, was cool and windy, which slowed the ripening for Chardonnay and preserved the fresh acidity that is a hallmark of Arroyo Seco fruit. Harvest began about one week earlier than normal on September 17th with the harvest of Dijon clones in blocks 2 and 4 of our Greenfield home ranch and finished on October 20th. Our Riverstone Chardonnay is now comprised of nine Chardonnay clones – 4, 5, 17, 76, 95, 96, 548, 809 and Hyde-Wente – which bring a complexity of flavors, textures and acidities.