The second vintage of La Lutte was an experiment in climate. Although both 2013 and 2014 were very warm growing seasons, 2014 was drier and the fruit for the 2014 La Lutte was picked on September 23 -- a full two weeks earlier than the 2013. Despite the heat, the grapes retained all of their natural malic acid and were picked at a very specific time. This resulted in what we consider a very fresh, very bold wine especially in comparison with the 2013, which Ali describes as “more delicate and elegant.” “If I get the pick right, and make all the right decisions, the fruit does all the work itself,” says Ali. “It’s our version of working smarter, not harder.” Try the 2013 and 2014 side by side and see the difference for yourself. We’d love to hear what you think!