Californian winemakers wait on weather

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  • Wednesday 14 September 2005

California is set for a ‘spectacular’ vintage despite unseasonal weather, according to winemakers in the region.

Although the harvest has yet to get into full swing producers throughout the state are predicting a good vintage.

'If this first harvest is an indicator of what the 2005 Zinfandel will be, I think we are in for a superb vintage,' said Eric Baugher at Ridge Vineyards.

Because of the cooler growing conditions, it does look like Pinot Noir – a grape that can be easily over-ripened in the often warmer Californian climate – will be a highlight of the vintage.

Eileen Crane at Domaine Carneros, which produces both spakling and still wines, called her Pinot Noir ‘spectacular’.

However, Peachy Canyon vintner Jake Beckett did highlight the uneven ripening of the grapes, saying there was 'extreme variation in Central Coast'.

'We are waiting on good weather,' said Pete Seghesio at Seghesio on 8 September. 'While a few lots have trickled in, most of our lots are still a week of hot weather away. We need to see 90F to get things moving. Quality could be very good, if we get the heat. '

To read the latest 2005 harvest reports, including an extended California report, click here

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