[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”160″ identifier=”B00T0ZVVM2″ locale=”US” localize=”y” src=”http://www.thirstybert.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/51oLU2VxMKL.SL160.jpg” tag=”thirs028-20″ width=”126″]The 2012 vintage, while starting off with a stunning resemblance to 2011, finished off the season well: average heat accumulation, average cumulative precipitation and only a few isolated weather events. Most bud break occurred in early April. Although overall precipitation for 2012 was slightly above normal, it was not evenly distributed over the growing season. August saw low humidity, low precipitation and high temperatures which kicked off the metabolic processes involved with berry ripening. We noticed vastly improved fruit quality when compared to the 2011 vintage; 2012 brought medium sized berries, concentrated colors and intense flavors that took a little time to catch up with the sugars.