It is amazing how fast the year goes by. When you watch the seasons change with a farmers eye, the anticipation of the harvest just seems to just roll along. But then it all happens very quickly; harvest begins and the next thing you know it is Thanksgiving. Julien summed up the 2013 vintage in 3 words: Dry, warm and EARLY!
"An early fruitset, followed by a dry and warm spring got the vineyards going very quickly. The overall vegetative cycle was about 2 weeks ahead of normal. The spring and summer here in Napa were warmer than our seasonal averages with no rain to be found but fortunately with no excessive heat either. Veraison (the maturation of the grapes where they change from green to red) happened in the second half of the month of July.
Our white wine grapes, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, arrived at the winery the last week in August which was a very early start to the harvest. There was a small break in the harvest between the whites and reds. A small heat wave in September (that came late in the vegetative cycle) pushed the sugar (brix) and aromatics quickly."
Fortunately for EDICT, our vineyards are predominately located in cooler climates of the Napa Valley so the heat wave was (mostly) a benefit to "set" the vineyards at a comfortable level of ripeness. The beautiful steady weather and Indian summer allowed for long hang time and large picking window to allow Julien our winemaker to pick at the optimal time. 2013 will show wines with beautiful structures and ripe aromatics.
As of last week, all of our 2013 wines are all safely sleeping in barrels. We sat down and tasted threw these new wines and we are just amazed at the wonderful flavors we are tasting already.
IMHO 2013 will be simply amazing. The fruit has tasted incredible on the vine all year and it is showing beautifully in the barrel.
Happy Holidays to your family from the whole EDICT Wines Team!