A late, cool year that had bud bread 1-2 weeks behind average, the summer featured moderate, cooler temperatures that forced us to deal with powdery mildew almost continually.
It warmed marginally in late September, and then beautiful weather in October helped us push along ripening, but when all was said and done, we were still picking Riesling grapes in November. This is no doubt a grower’s year, and the people who managed and worked their vineyards the best, will make the top wines. Yields were up on average and we dropped about half the crop in the Pinot Noir for a great batch of verjus (about 30-40% above on average for volume if you did not drop any crop).
The 2013 wines shows that even in some of the most difficult vintages, Brengman Brothers can still produce outstanding wines. Quality was way up for all the wines especially the Riesling. The best wines are up-front, with forward, open characters, soft tannin and good to high levels of concentration. Most of the wines are approachable now and will drink nicely for close to a decade.