Any time we face adversity from Mother Nature, being in sync with growers gives us our best shot at success. The 2017 harvest is a testament to those relationships. The Labor Day weekend brought three consecutive days of temperatures well in excess of 100 degrees to California’s North Coast. The heat wave was a major concern at Ferrington Vineyard outside Boonville, where the Pinot Noir was nearing maturity but wasn’t quite ready. Fortunately we relied on the tireless dedication and attention to detail of Ferrington’s farming team of Paul Ardzrooni and Norman Kobler. They allowed the fruit to hang a bit longer to fully ripen, then sorted and examined each cluster individually. Though they discarded more Pinot Noir than they harvested, the fruit we received in 2017 is the best we have ever seen from that prestigious site. This bottling relies mainly on the Pommard clone to enhance the lifted aromatics and earthy, layered Burgundian style of this heralded vineyard.