The Vintage: Not as hot as the past four, not as frenzied as the past four, but just as good as the past four. 2018 marks the fifth consecutive favorable vintage for the Willamette Valley, supported by perfect ripening in October that allowed for a slow and focused harvest. After a suitably wet winter, the spring and summer of 2018 rolled around into what has been regarded as the driest summer period in a number of years. After a later than usual bud-break, bloom was followed by high temperatures not as severe as they had been in the previous three vintages. While not extremely hot, the consistent heat and lack of rain led to early veraison and quick ripening of the fruit. Just as we were preparing for another fast and early harvest, cooler fall weather arrived, bringing with it a welcome dose of moisture to the valley. This provided the vines with the perfect segue from high sugars into lush phenolic ripeness backed by gentle acidity. The cooler month of October allowed us to gradually harvest each block, resulting in a giving vintage packing perfect fruit profiles in the wines.