L'Ecole No 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2009
A slow, cool spring in 2008 slightly delayed bud break into early May. However, warm May weather set the stage for uniform bloom and fruit set. Summer heat units were normal and July ended without typical heat spikes. Windier conditions increased vine stress resulting in added efforts to manage canopy growth for balance. August veraison was smooth requiring very little green thinning. With near perfect fall conditions-sunny, warm, no rain- harvest commenced slightly later than normal for most varietals. Considered a cool year in general, we saw higher acidity levels with yields a little below average.