The 2014 vintage is one of the hottest growing seasons on record. The warm weather began early in the growing season and continued uninterrupted through the fall. The consistent warmth allowed sugar to develop quickly in many varieties. By mid-September, the weather began to moderate with perfect cooler temperatures prevailing for the remainder of the season. The result was a well-paced, balanced maturation of flavors for the remainder of the harvest. Deficit irrigation was employed to stress the wine and de-leafing used to balance ripening, but both of these were moderated during this vintage to allow the vines to cope with the hot season.