John Turi - Wine, Red Wine

Augusta Winery, Reserva del Patron, 2009

Wine Rating: 92

The weather in Southern California has been cool this past summer, most days starting out with a cold morning haze and warming toward noon, with late afternoon sun opening up to balmy mid-evenings. This is quite unusual weather for us. Up in Northern California, however, it has been much warmer, which is causing the grape harvest come early—about two weeks earlier than usual—because the warm spring with little frost promoted hurried vine growth and stability in grape ripening throughout wine country.