Growing Conditions

The 2014 vintage offered an ideal growing season. Although California’s drought delivered another dry winter, the growing season started with a warm, dry spring and relatively early bud break. Summer was mild and consistent with even, warm temperatures. Knights Valley often sees greater fluctuation in temperature than Napa Valley, with intensely warm days that cool dramatically in the evening. The 2014 growing season was very even without any brutal heat spikes. Warm days with plenty of sunshine and cool evenings allowed for excellent ripening, phenolic and flavor development in the grapes.