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What began with a wet winter and spring continued with rainfall into mid-June set the stage for a long, cooler-than-average growing season with a later-than-average harvest beset with autumn rain storms. This timetable continued through the somewhat coolsummer season where harvest for the first varieties for sparkling wines found the latest harvest start in anyone’s memory, beginning August 29. Few high heat events occurred at any point this year, but growers managed more open vine canopies to ensure sunlight, warmth and good air circulation around the grape clusters. This was the fifth release of our Priest Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon.