August 19, 2016 / Napa / Harvest 2016
2016 is shaping up to be another great vintage in the Napa Valley. It looks like the grapevines are back to a more “normal” crop level, following on the heels of 2015’s lighter yield. A warm spring gave bud break an early jumpstart and the vines were off to the races. We had an ideal June and July – moderate daytime temperatures and cool nights, just what grape vines love! August has been cooler in 2016 so on the plus side the berries appear to be ripening more uniformly. What’s this, ripeness at lower sugar levels? Sign us up! If all goes as I am reading the tea leaves, we are looking forward to bringing in our Cabernet Sauvignon grapes no later than mid-September. That is, unless Mother Nature adjusts the “batting schedule”!