Vintage 2012 was a nearly perfect growing season by any estimation. Th e winter was mild but provided sufficient rainfall that soils retained adequate moisture to support healthy vine growth. Warm, calm, still weather during bloom ensured a healthy set and a healthy crop load. Steady temperatures throughout the growing season with an absence of heat spikes and cold spells meant that fruit ripened evenly and thoroughly while retaining balanced acidity. Clear skies and a lack of rain and fog at harvest ensured purity of flavors and optimal harvest conditions.