The 2018 vintage belongs in the storybooks as one of the greatest vintages in the last two decades. This vintage was a reprieve from the challenges that plagued previous years: droughts, low yields, and heat waves. Budbreak, the first milestone in a growing season, arrived slightly later than expected following ample late winter rainfall. As spring unfolded into an unusually consistent summer, a picture-perfect fruit set was nurtured by a steady cycle of heat and sunshine during the day, tempered by cool nights. The season lasted into late fall, and winemakers’ hands were never forced by weather to make hasty harvest decisions. This extended growing season rewarded us with rich, balanced fruit, boasting the depth and complexity that is the hallmark of a truly historic Napa Valley vintage.