1998 will be remembered as the vintage where "patience is a virtue" was our motto. Compared to the large and early harvest of the previous year, 1998 would be considered a light and late harvest, our first vineyard ripened on September 4th. . Infact, the 1998 harvest was two to three weeks later then normal and four to four-and-half weeks later then 1997! With an unusually cool spring, the growing season started with essentially very lousy weather. This translated to poor crop set and a generally low crop size, with the result of lower than average yields. Fortunately a late summer, early fall heat spell ripened our grapes to full maturity.