Weather Conditions A rough start to the vintage. First, one of the driest springs in memory exacerbated existing drought conditions and encouraged precocious bud-break. Then, 22 days of hard frost…

Weather Conditions An uncharacteristically cool, wet spring delayed both the start and end of the season. A warmer, moist summer caused minor mildew issues in a few areas but a…

Weather Conditions Best Appellations Sonoma, Sierra Foothills, Mendocino and the Lake Counties, San Francisco Bay area and Napa Valley Best Producers Waterstone

Washington

Weather Conditions Warm summer months in Washington , cool autumn temperatures and a mild winter yielded a record wine grape harvest for 2005. Moderate winter temperatures and a warm Indian…

Weather Conditions This year produced average quality Merlot with mixed reviews across the board. Hillside and mountain appellations produced the best Merlot, but the problem was high sugar levels in…

Weather Conditions A cool, damp, rainy spring. May had a few pleasant days but overall was wet. June saw a return to normal warm, dry weather and good growing conditions.…

California Cabernet

Weather Conditions After late frosts and an unseasonably hot spring, the weather moderated, leading to an early harvest for many grapes and long hang times for others. In the Napa…