2013 was a most extraordinary vintage. An above average warm summer threatened to produce wines with high alcohol and a forced early pick lessening the phenolic development of the wines. What first appeared to be more bad news on top, an unusually wet system rolled in shortly before harvest threatening to wash out the vintage, but instead for those vineyards that could hold up, it allowed additional hang time and moderation of sugars to produce much more balanced and complex wines than otherwise would have been possible. The “silver label” Luminous Hills blend draws upon all the diverse parts of the vineyard, from the higher elevation 777 and 667 clones on Jory volcanic soil, delivering a brighter more elegant component to the wine, to the darker spicier notes of the 115 on sedimentary soil, and finally a solid foundation of the fleshy round dark fruit tones of Pommard from two very diverse blocks spanning the southwestern portion of the vineyard. This blend is the big picture view of what Luminous Hills estate vineyard is all about: a broad array of dimensions in fruit, texture, minerality, depth and length.