This is our eleventh vintage of working with this vineyard in the Russian River Valley. The yields were a victim of repeated springtime frost. In fact, there was less than one barrel of juice pressed: only 47 gallons! So, I contacted a local cooper who had resized a barrel for me in the past. He shrunk a 60 gallon barrel to hold 45 gallons. So I began fermentation in couple of new barrels and moved the fermenting juice to the shrunken one-year-old barrel as the fermentation calmed down.
This wine has the concentration and focus of the 1999 vintage – one of my favorites as it has aged. I love how the minerality plays off the hint of lime-zest and star fruit typical of this vineyard. There is less new oak influence than usual which I like and makes me want to rethink the normal routine. I think it is very special, and unfortunately, very rare.