2008 will be remembered, at least by Sonoma winemakers, as a year of dramatic extremes. As the year began, the region saw an extraordinary amount of rainfall, followed closely by the driest March and April in Sonoma County history. But that wasn’t the only challenge Mother Nature threw at us—there were also record-breaking frosts. During bud break, the temperature vacillated erratically, with some days seeing differences of 50 degrees or more. Not surprisingly, harvest came early, in the midst of some very hot days towards the end of August. While keeping us on our toes, the weather of 2008 proved our agility to act and react at a moment’s notice, and reminded us that we are stewards of the land, not rulers of it. And despite our yield being lower than usual, the resulting fruit was stalwart, complex and powerful—making for structured and provocative wines.
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