Winter was characterized by slightly higher temperatures and rain than the average in the area. Spring, however, was very warm and with no frosts, and the vegetation growth was vigorous. Temperatures, which were higher than usual, in conjunction with the lack of rainfall limited the vegetative growth during summer. This harvest was 20 percent lower than the previous year, due to both the number of clusters per vine and the slightly smaller grape size. This translated into greater concentration of both aromas and phenolic compounds.