Another crush season is already upon us – Harvest 2016 is underway and shaping up to be a great year.
Heidi’s thoughts: So far, 2016’s weather seems to be a return to a “normal” year for Napa Valley, meaning warm days, cool nights, and a few hot spells this summer. A few early blocks have come in, but most are tracking normal. Since 2011, the weather has trended extremely hot, and when combined with the drought, 2012-2015 vintages produced big, concentrated wines with very early picking dates. 2015 saw extremely low yields due to the drought. Heavy rains this past winter helped fill all the lakes and reservoirs and deliver some much-needed moisture to the vines’ roots, so 2016’s growing season was a return to what I would call normal for the region (picking beginning in early September), and hopefully a return to normal yields as well. Ripeness and flavor development seem to be at lower sugars this year, which will be nice for lower alcohol levels in the wines. So far we’ve brought in Muscat Canelli and a bit of Cabernet. We have some other exciting projects in the pipeline for the 2016 vintage we can’t wait to share with you.