2002 began with a very dry winter followed by a moderate spring with some rains in May. Conditions were even and mild throughout the summer with the exception of a few heat spikes in September that gave the grapes an extra push as harvest approached. The resulting wines have juicy, fresh acidities and brightness to match their deep dark-fruit cores. Overall an excellent vintage of supple, balanced, concentrated, high-quality wines that have the polish and ripeness to age well.
Slight frost damage
High daytime temperatures and dry north winds. Cabernet harvest begins
About Havens Wine Cellars
Prior to selling his winery, Michael Havens made Merlot in a distinctly Bordeaux style, with a restrained sweetness and notes of lead pencil, minerals, game and tobacco leaf. He was also a pioneer of California Syrah in a distinctly northern Rhone style, typically showing notes of dark fruits, black pepper and gunflint. Alas, these sophisticated wines are now a thing of the past. In September 2009, Billington Imports, who purchased the winery in 2006, went under. All of Billington's assets, including Havens Wine Cellars, were auctioned off, but the brand continues to be made.