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Harvest 2004: Early, Fast, Intense

The 2004 growing season in the Napa Valley had many of the earmarks of a great vintage, including a warm, dry spring and a cool, foggy summer. A heat spike in early September, with temperatures above 100 degrees, created a suspenseful finale as we hurried to bring in the grapes before high temperatures could cause over-ripening.

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The Place Beneath: The "Sweet Spot" of FAY

Over the more than three decades that we have been farming our historic estate vineyards, we’ve learned that small areas within particular blocks consistently produce grapes with unique qualities of flavor and texture. A case in point is FAY Block 8. In its center is an irregularly shaped "sweet spot" that yields fruit of unusual expressiveness, characterized by voluptuous softness as well as concentration. Over the years this "sweet spot" has been a key component of CASK 23.

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