In both 2007 and 2008, we began harvesting Sauvignon Blanc on August 15. We are excited about the similarly high quality of these vintages. We walked each block (well, Tom—the bicycle enthusiast—pedaled them), and tasted the grapes until they reached their peak flavor development. Harvest started smoothly, but a heat spike at the beginning of September accelerated ripening. Thus, for the last few days we picked at a furious pace before sugars got too high. We finished on September 4.