The cool winter and spring in 2018 delayed bud break by 2 weeks compared to 2017. Likewise, the Growing Degree Days (GDD), a measurement of heat during the grape growing season was down on average by 14% below 2017. This cool season allowed the vines to slowly accumulate sugar and tannins in the grapes while maintaining some exceptional acid profiles and low pH at harvest. Overall the vintage was cooler than normal and grape yields slightly above average. Reports on quality are very positive, with crisp, bright and aromatic whites and red wines at lower tannin levels yielding subtle, velvety wines but with great elegance and concentration of color and flavors. —Brooks Painter, Director of Winemaking
Pinot Bianco is a crisp, dry white wine originally from France's Burgundy region. Today, it has found an important place in northeastern Italy as well as California.