This year marked my 30th grape harvest on California’s North Coast, and in what also makes for a memorable year, 2015 was California’s earliest harvest on record! An early harvest is quite lovely, with no rain or cold to fuss with, and with the quality of the fruit we brought into the winery, we should have even more cause to celebrate. The Sauvignon Blanc was first in, with excellent quality again this year. All of our red grapes were absolutely beautiful – the flavors we achieved in this record heat! And, ripening literally neck and neck, our Pinot Noir, Carignane, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah were all delivered within 15 days of each other, putting quite a bit of stress on the tank fermentation space in the winery. Tony was brilliant in coordinating the tanks perfectly with the computerized pneumatic punch down, allowing us to crush into the tanks, press off and refill again. Everything is now barreled down, resting!