2019 has had its challenges and near misses. A long wet spring brought late bud break and fruit development. High winds and heat waves during flowering brought fears of a repeat of the 2015 shatter from hell. Then October unprecedented winds, fire threat and power outages had me reliving the nightmares of the 2017 fires. I am feeling very relieved now that all the grapes are in tanks. All in all, it looks like an excellent vintage, in fact it is the first time I have harvested grapes with brown nutty flavored seeds off of the Kitoko vineyard.