In 1998, we began a joint venture planting partnership with our longtime neighbor in the Arroyo Seco, Michael Griva. During 2006, we planted Riesling on a series of small mesas on the Griva Ranch, close to the Arroyo Seco River in the heart of the appellation, internally designated as Blocks 9 and 10. The soils in the area are largely gravelly, sandy loam, containing ubiquitous large cobbles deposited by the Arroyo Seco River over the millenia — providing a well-drained medium for the Riesling vines to grow and showcase their Arroyo Seco terroir.
The 2018 growing season was characterized by a cool spring in the Arroyo Seco. The early summer season was mild as well, providing gradual ripening conditions for the Riesling grapes, as the cool nights allowed the vines to retain their natural acidity. Conditions through September were ideal for the growth of Botrytis or “noble rot” in the Griva Vineyard. After several passes to remove any unwanted berries, the best of this Botrytis-laden fruit was hand-picked into bins in the early morning of October 31 at 36.1° Brix.