As I have mentioned before, we made no Cab nor Merlot in either year. We squeezed by with our 2010 Syrah( now our best wine ever, hands down), but lost out on Cab and Merlot. Both those years had dreary, lengthy, and hard rains, snows, frosts and hailstorms, unfortunately coming during bloom. Those 2 yrs had no 2 week warming break in mid January, but our fantastic harvest of 2009 did. I would love to predict based on a 2 week warm spell in mid January, that the 2013 harvest is going to be spectacular. One thing for sure. We just put up the driest January ever here in Paso. The spectacular harvests of '09 had a mid winter similar to this Jan, 2013. It is a hint, but no where near enough to make any kind of prediction for the coming yr. But '06-'09 were dry, and so far, 2013 has been exceptionally dry. Unfortunately, 2005 was seemingly mild, but we got 20" rain, in 4 storms...each one dropping 5" of rain in less than 24 hrs. In the mountains, that means major floods thru the valleys and lots of erosion if preventitive measures weren't taken.
Sorry to have spent so much time on climatic conditions, but that is, in fact, what we get our great (or lousy) harvests from. So far, so good. Now let's just blow thru bloom with no damage...and keep conditions mild, until bloom is over. There is something every wine lover can hope for...in addition to the winemakers.