The 2019 Napa Valley vintage is proving promisingly similar to the vaunted 2016 growing season. Both began with considerable rainfall and saw few weather extremes during a long, mild summer, and were remarkable for being largely unremarkable. Both produced beautifully structured wines.
Our sophomore effort from the Pulido~Walker Mt. Veeder Estate Vineyard underscores how enthusiastically certain clones have taken to this site. As in 2018, we harvested and vinified each of the four clones separately. When it came time to taste through the resulting wine lots and begin blending, clones 685 and 15 were the standouts once again. We layered in one barrel of Clone 30, and opted not to include Clone 169 in the 2019.
Yield was only minimally decreased from 2018, and once again we found ourselves with the greatest quantity of the clone we’re liking the best from this site: 685. The late-spring rains didn’t affect fruit set here, and the extended hang time gave us excellent ripeness and lots of options for dialing in the blend.