Planted in 1903 the Lewis vineyard is “head-trained, spur-pruned”, where the vines have a central trunk with arms growing in all different directions. This goblet shape allows for uniform sun exposure and a distribution of grape bunches ideal for ripening.
After a cold snap in December 2013, the 2014 growing season transitioned to a mild winter and spring. With the current drought conditions we welcomed the late February and early March rains that were well-timed and kept the vines growing. Consistent sunny weather from mid-March on led to early bud break in the vineyards as temperatures rose. A few weeks
of warm weather in the late summer months allowed the winegrapes to ripen early, making
2014 one of the earliest harvests on record. On the vine, most varietals had loose clusters
that resulted in even veraison, bringing about uniform ripening which is necessary for winegrapes to develop great flavors and color. With average yields and great quality, the
2014 season produced another unique vintage.
Food Pairing Notes
Cheese: Cheddar / Meat: Hanger Steak, Bouillabaisse / Sauce: Ragu / Dessert: Red Velvet Brownie