The 2018 growing seasonbegan with warm winter weather, before things turned cool and rainy in February, which prevented an early budbreak. While the rains continued, things warmed up again in March, providing ideal nutrients and growing conditions for the vines. From June onwards the weather was lovely and temperate, with sunny days and cool nights ensuring excellent flavor development and acid retention in the grapes. As harvest drew near, the weather turned warm providing a final push to ripeness. Our prized block of Bacigalupi Chardonnay is quite unique, with a mix of younger vines, along with thick, gnarly trunked decades-old ones. The vineyard was propagated with heritage budwood selections, which provide a natural diversity of flavors from vine to vine. We harvested our Bacigalupi Chardonnay on September 19th, 2018.