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In the fall of 2019, we removed another 450 aging Merlot vines and replaced them in the spring of 2020 with Cabernet Franc. We now have a total of approximately 1000 Cabernet Franc Vines. While working in the Vineyard in June, Sheldon rolled the ATV suffering a dislocated collarbone, multiple fractured ribs and a concussion. We are all incredibly grateful that the injuries are strictly superficial! Jace and Cait came down for a month in July and August to take some of the load off Sheldon, and Caston and Heidi came down for a month in the fall to help with Harvest. Once again, harvest came with a heavy fire

2018 may be the vintage year of the decade! Even though we had lots of smoke from the Shasta and Mendocino fires, the temperatures were moderate, so the berries were plump and beautiful. A bumper crops for the whole valley and one of five biggest crops! With a neighborhood partnership in place, we bought a firetruck and drove it home from Green Bay, WI! Quite the adventure! Then we built a firehall to protect the truck from the elements. In a perfect world, we will never use it! In the meantime, it is comforting insurance. -Sheldon

We survived the fires of 2017! Very surreal to be picking grapes and making wine while surrounded by fire on three sides with bombers and helicopters flying just above tree-top level. Hard to decide what to do with the contents of two workshops, a winery and 2.5 houses. Finally decided to just roll with it and hope for the best! Not knowing if I would have a home or livelihood was kind of daunting. My sons Caston and Jace came down from Canada to help harvest as quickly as possible. Grateful for their help during those crazy weeks. The good news: We survived! -Sheldon

2010 was the first of two challenging years for farming and winemaking. It was unusually cool, which made getting the fruit as ripe as we like particularly difficult. The 2011 vintage was even more challenging; after a second cool season, starting in September, it rained throughout harvest. Because of this, and the resulting product, Wine Spectator was very hard on this vintage throughout the Napa Valley. Fortunately for us, it's looking like the mountain terroir and the subtle differences in climate from the valley floor might help us escape what could have been a disappointing wine. It's still early, but we are optimistically hopeful about the 2011 vintage.