The Monterey appellation’s southern most AVA, the Hames Valley, has a very warm overall climate, but it also experiences the region’s most significant diurnal swings, with 50-degree temperature changes from day to night. Due to the heat, vineyard managers must pay careful attention to vine-direction and canopy management. With soils that drain well and only about 9-10 inches of rain a year, the vines stress, and thus, produce smaller berries, with high skin to juice ratios. This results in more intense flavors in the AVA’s