Phenomenal 2017 vintage in California

We have received a harvest report from California that says that 2017 will be a very good vintage. The fires in October have not affected the quality of the wines. Napa Valley, Sonoma and Mendocino were worst affected by the fires. These three regions grow only 12% of California grapes and 85-90% of the grapes had been harvested before the fires.

The vintage has been more influenced by the fact that the five-year drought in California finally ended this winter. Most of the wine districts received sufficient rain for the vines to recover. However, the heat wave at the end of August and beginning of September resulted in some producers having a low yield. Overall, the report talks of a vintage of a very high quality.

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Cabernet Sauvignon grapes

Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, copyright BKWine Photography

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