“Early, even and excellent” are three words that define this year’s growing season. A warm, dry spring brought an early bud break, helping the canopy develop nicely so that flowering and fruit set proceeded under sunny skies without incident. With the exception of one heat spike early in the summer, temperatures were consistent, providing optimal growing conditions for notably healthy vines from the beginning to the end of the season. Harvest finished two weeks earlier than what we normally expect, with yields generally above average is what is already being called one of Napa’s best vintages in recent years.
The Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc grapes for this wine were grown in Beringer’s Bale Lane Vineyard in the northern end of Napa Valley. Bale Lane has a steady warm, sunny climate, excellent for achieving round, full fruit flavors in both varieties. A vertical trellising system is used in this vineyard to ensure the vines receive optimal sun and air exposure.