2003: This is an excellent vintage, albeit unusual in the fiery nature of the growing season. The
same dry and warm growing and ripening seasons held for 2003 as with the past few vintages,
only moreso, with Region II (not cool climate!) heat accumulations of 2500 units, average highs
of 78F July-October and half the normal rainfall with 2.75 inches. Fruit was disease free, crop
loads were easily honed to desired levels, and soil moisture was adequate due to good preseason winter rains.
Concerns of the vintage center on high sugars and resultant high alcohols, and low acids. Almost comparable past vintages like excellent 1992 may urge us not to worry.