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October 26, 2005


Vintage 2005 - the Napa Valley experienced unseasonably warm weather in the early Spring. Temperatures of close to 80 degrees in late February and early March led to speculation of an early harvest. This was followed by a seemingly endless succession of cold rainstorms that have lasted throughout April and May and into June. It rained over 7” at Dyer Vineyard between May and the middle of June. The good news is that temperatures remained cool enough that mildew and botrytis (our two main fungal problems) did not take hold. Bloom was long and finished in the 2nd week of June. The weather remained slightly cooler than normal throughout August. Sept and October were perfect for ripening Cabernet- no heat spikes, no raisining, just perfectly even ripening. The crop was about average in the Diamond Mountain District and up about 15% in the valley. We think this may really be the vintage of the century!


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And we're almost ripe and planning to pick next week.  What makes "ripeness"? Read on!


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