California Merlot

California Merlot

APR

2008 vintage guide for California Merlot

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…

2007 vintage guide for California Merlot

2007 vintage guide for California Merlot

Weather Conditions The vintage was characterised by early budburst, less-than-rampant canopy development and sparse berry set. Bunches were loose and grapes small. More northerly appellations were ahead of the south,…

2006 vintage guide for California Merlot

2006 vintage guide for California Merlot

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…

2005 vintage guide for California Merlot

2005 vintage guide for California Merlot

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

2004 vintage guide for California Merlot

2004 vintage guide for California Merlot

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…

2003 vintage guide for California Merlot

2003 vintage guide for California Merlot

Weather Conditions A mild winter with normal rainfall in the north coast. Spring was mild and frost-free. Bud break was early, and April turned cool and overcast with lots of…

2002 vintage guide for California Merlot

2002 vintage guide for California Merlot

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.…

2001 vintage guide for California Merlot

2001 vintage guide for California Merlot

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…

2000 vintage guide for California Merlot

2000 vintage guide for California Merlot

Weather Conditions Merlot was off to a great early start because of the warm dry weather lasting through May. Surviving the June heatwave, Merlot went on to ripen smoothly and…

1999 vintage guide for California Merlot

1999 vintage guide for California Merlot

Weather Conditions The final vintage of the century did not go out quietly. After a winter of normal rainfall and somewhat lower than normal temperatures, budbreak was a little late.…

1998 vintage guide for California Merlot

1998 vintage guide for California Merlot

Weather Conditions The first of the El Nino vintages, this one was cold, rainy, atypical, and late. In November and December of 97 and January and February of 98, the…

1997 vintage guide for California Merlot

1997 vintage guide for California Merlot

Weather Conditions After several short vintages, the ’97 crop was extremely large and took the pressure off the supply demand ratio. With budbreak occurring a month early, the vineyards went…

1996 vintage guide for California Merlot

1996 vintage guide for California Merlot

Weather Conditions After an odd warm winter with more than normal rainfall, a pleasant spring led to early budbreak. But the cool weather encountered intermittent rain showers in May during…

1995 vintage guide for California Merlot

1995 vintage guide for California Merlot

Weather Conditions After such, smooth-sailing and uneventful 1994 vintage, this was a year of extremes ranging from two severe winter floods, heavy spring rains, and even a hailstorm in June.…

1994 vintage guide for California Merlot

1994 vintage guide for California Merlot

Weather Conditions A long cool spring and a long cool summer contributed to a late harvest that stretched into early November. Mid-May rains hindered flowering and berry set, and both…

1993 vintage guide for California Merlot

1993 vintage guide for California Merlot

Weather Conditions Winter rains broke the drought and restored nutritional balance to the badly depleted soils. A few more raindrops fell during May’s bloom period leading to a reduced set…

1992 vintage guide for California Merlot

1992 vintage guide for California Merlot

Weather Conditions The year began with adequate rainfall and early budbreak. Cool weather early in the season delayed the bloom period which caused uneven set in both Cabernet and Merlot.…

1991 vintage guide for California Merlot

1991 vintage guide for California Merlot

Weather Conditions A vintage noted for its cold, dry winter that included a rare December freeze, miracle March rains, and a long growing season extending into late October and early…

1990 vintage guide for California Merlot

1990 vintage guide for California Merlot

Weather Conditions In the north Coast, heavy rains in late May arrived during the bloom period to reduce the crop by 20% to 30% overall. June and July provided mild…

1989 vintage guide for California Merlot

1989 vintage guide for California Merlot

Weather Conditions Was ever a vintage more wrongly accused? After a great spring and almost perfect weather in July and August, it began to rain in California a few days…