Like the 2007 vintage, the 2008 Vintage was a year of contrasts. Following a series of severe rainstorms, March and April gave way to the worst frost in over 31 years. Coombsville, historically one of the coolest growing regions in Napa Valley was not greatly affected by the frost. Cool weather continued though May and June, producing an unusually reduced and concentrated crop, which are all hallmarks of a great vintage. In July and August we observed a marked departure from an otherwise cool growing season, with temperatures soaring into the 100’s. The warm clear days that continued into an "Indian Summer” optimized grape maturation yielding a crop similar to the 2007, in terms of extract. While erratic weather patterns prevailed, reduced grape yields produced wines that are very well structured, concentrated & elegant wines.
Robert ParkerRating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 12/15/2010