Tracking these key stages plays an important role in the planning of the season and harvest logistics. For example, many growers compare the date of bloom to growing season data from previous years to determine a timeframe for the first day of harvest. Seamless season of heavenly hangtime and phenomenal phenolic development.
Return to All Regions. Vintage ratings:classic;outstanding;very good;good;mediocre;not recommended. Drinkability: "NYR" means the vintage has not yet been released; "drink" means most of the wines of the vintage are ready to drink; "hold" means most of the ageworthy wines have yet to fully mature; "past peak" means most of the wines are declining rather than improving.
Part 3 of 3 for my vintage chart postings. If you want to see Parts 1 Washington and Oregon and 2 Napa and Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignonyou can find them a few posts down on my blog. Part 2 of 3 for my vintage chart postings if you want to see Part 1, Washington and Oregon, click here — this one covers California Cabernet from Napa Valley and Sonoma.
Last updated Oct. Lovers of full-bodied red wines love wines from regions with tons of sunshine and relative dryness. Medium-bodied red wines feature distinct flavors and heightened acidityboth of which are traits ideal for matching with a wide range of foods.
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Contact Info. Excellent weather; many stunning wines, a few disappointments. Overall mixed and a bit green, but some stellar wines that may be overlooked and undervalued.
Extreme heat surprised even the most seasoned winemakers across California. The resulting overripeness resulted in rocketing sugar levels and even the best wines are likely to be high in alcohol and body. Not an auspicious vintage.
Great read. I have a few thoughts, though. While failed vintage are rare in CA because few vines are planted in truly marginal areas, what about super-ripe hot vintages? I suppose you'd say good producers sort out raisins and drop sunburned fruit.