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A Look Back on the 2013 Vintage

Alison Cochrane
December 26, 2013 | Vineyards | Alison Cochrane

A Look Back on the 2013 Vintage

2013 has been an incredible year for the vineyards of the Napa Valley, with the Napa Valley Vintners calling this year's growing season "early, even, and excellent." The 31 acres we have planted around the Castello with SangioveseMerlotPrimitivo, and Cabernet Sauvignon developed beautifully over the course of the year, and we loved tracking the beauty each season brought to the vines. Now that another record year in the valley is coming to a close and the vineyards again lay dormant, we're looking back on the fruits of this year's labors. Here are a few of our favorite vinyeard photos from this past year:


Sir Lancelot enjoyed playing beneath the dormant Primitivo vines in front of the Castello


The Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards above the Castello, pruned back to allow healthy new buds to begin forming


The vines began "weeping" in preparation for the arrival of new buds


Bud break arrived at the Castello in early April, and the vineyards quickly brightened with springtime colors


The warm, dry spring we had throughout the valley allowed for earlier bud break and perfect conditions for flowering


June saw the arrival of berries on the vines. 

The vines saw a bit of rain in a summer shower


The warm summer months allowed for an even ripening of the berries. Here a cool glass of Charonnday rests among the Primitivo vines.


The end of August saw verasion in the vineyards, as the berries began to ripen and change color.


Primitivo vines and berries in front of the Castello

The Merlot vineyards almost ready for harvest!





Cheers to the end of another fantastic year in the Napa Valley! We're looking forward to 2014!


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