Our year wrapped up with an early beginning (and end) to the harvest of 2014.
The harvest came early due to an extremely warm growing season, a small crop and the stresses of a three-year drought in California. Crush started with Tempranillo from Bella Collina Vineyards in western Paso Robles, followed by the Pinot Noir from the Enz Vineyard in Lime Kiln Valley and Verdelho from Pomar Junction Vineyard in Paso Robles. The onslaught of Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir was not far behind! Very atypically, we brought in 80% of our fruit by the end of September!
The 2014 vintage is a ripe one with full physiological ripeness on most varieties. In general, it was a high-sugar, low-acid vintage with well-developed tannin structure and mature fruit flavors. Standout wines include the Petite Sirah from French Camp Vineyards, the Calleri Vineyard Negrette and the Bien Nacido Pinot Noir.
As the year came to a close, we also celebrated the 10th Anniversary of Ken's purchase of the original Byron Winery from Robert Mondavi, now known as Kenneth Volk Vineyards. We look forward to the next 10 and hope you'll join us on the journey!
With all good wishes in the New Year ahead.