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Dawnine Dyer
 
October 3, 2012 | Dawnine Dyer

It's Looking Like a Classic Napa Valley Vintage

Just look at these beauties! We’re on the count down – about a week away from harvest, maybe less. The sugars are at about 23.5 Brix (23.5%) and you should see the smile on my face!

This is one of those years when winemaking is really FUN! After the stress and low crop yields of the last couple of vintages Mother Nature is treating us to what feels like a magical growing season.

Such a season is made up of warm, sunny days and cool, foggy nights and months without rainfall. In fact, when it comes to the weather, there really hasn’t been anything to talk about other than to say how even tempered and great it is! So, it means we sailed through the spring frost season, May flowering and August veraison (the color change) and, now, maturation with nary a blip – a stress-free year for the vines.

They’ve rewarded us with an ample crop, which is a nice change! We thinned quite a bit to help the clusters to ripen evenly and to avoid crowding. Now we’re just waiting for absolute peak flavors and just a little more sugar.

Everything you read about growing conditions in Napa Valley, this year, describes them as “normal” and crop yields as “average” and I guess that’s right. It’s just that we appreciate this blissfully boring weather all the more after coming through the challenges of last few seasons.

These are the classic conditions that have made Napa Valley famous and Bill and I can hardly wait to get these grapes into the winery and make the most of what looks like a great vintage! Cheers!

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