The Napa Valley experienced a big freeze last week resulting in bud damage in many ares. For the first time in 30 years our Howell Mountain Eternity Vineyard experienced about 90% bud loss while our Family Estate Vineyard had a loss of 20%. Unusual conditions set the stage for this disaster. A freezing inversion layer sat just above the mountain. Consequently, the typical warmer aloft temperatures that flow down the mountain were unavailable.
We are now all watching the vines to see what the secondary and terciary buds will produce. While the damage will affect production, thankfully it will not have an impact on quality. 2008 will be a low yielding year, but given new changes in the vineyard it should be an exceptional vintage!