Washington State Merlot

Washington State Merlot

WASHINGTON

2008 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

Weather Conditions A cold, late winter and an unusually cool, wet spring made the vines sluggish and bud-break was two to four weeks later than usual. Some growers insisted the…

2007 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

2007 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

Weather Conditions Ideal weather spanned the entire season in 2007, beginning with strong flowering and fruit set and ending with a cool, extended ripening period that allowed growers to choose…

2006 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

2006 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

Weather Conditions The 2006 weather pattern was near ideal for Merlot: a mild, rainy spring followed by a dry, hot summer with cool nights. The daytime heat allowed sugar levels…

2005 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

2005 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

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

2004 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

2004 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

Weather Conditions A hot growing season followed by a cool fall created a longer harvest, resulting in Washington wines with full, rich flavors. Despite winter damage to vines in certain…

2003 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

2003 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

Weather Conditions The season began with a normal, mild spring, but by June the weather warmed up. With July and August being above average in temperature, this turned out to…

2002 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

2002 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

Weather Conditions The year began with no freezes and no problems with spring frosts. Since it does not rain and the humidity is always low during the summers of eastern…

2001 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

2001 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

Weather Conditions During both spring and early summer, the temperatures remained below average. In the Columbia Valley, June turned out to be exceptionally cool with an average temperature of 80oF.,…

2000 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

2000 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

Weather Conditions With a cool early season and warm, dry harvest conditions continuing until just about every Merlot cluster was in the cellars, many winemakers suspect Merlot will be the…

1999 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

1999 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

Weather Conditions Though it has some competition, this vintage was one of the coolest vintages of the ’90s. While it started out in the spring as extremely cool, the vintage…

1997 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

1997 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

Weather Conditions Both March and April were much cooler than normal, and bud-break was late, slow and erratic. Before panic set in, a surprising heat spell in May encouraged vine…

1996 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

1996 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

Weather Conditions A rather harsh winter was followed by cool temperatures extended into the early growing season. A week-long freeze in February and cool conditions during the crucial time of…

1995 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

1995 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

Weather Conditions This was an odd growing season. It began with mild, warm weather during the winter and early spring. However, by the late spring and continuing into the early…

1994 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

1994 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

Weather Conditions Labelled ‘a banner year for red winesl by growers, 1994 was pleasant and uneventful and concluded with warm sunny skies in September and October. The flowering and set…

1993 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

1993 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

Weather Conditions Budbreak occurred in early April which is normal. A relatively cool early season followed a larger than normal set, and the vines went into the late summer trying…

1992 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

1992 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

Weather Conditions After a mild winter, budbreak occurred in mid-March, several few weeks ahead of normal. Bloom and set were also two weeks ahead of schedule, but the weather cooperated…

1991 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

1991 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

Weather Conditions Though it turned out to be an outstanding vintage, the year began by establishing a dubious record on December 28, 1990 which saw the temperature plummet to 10F/-12C…

1989 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

1989 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

Weather Conditions Through August of this year, both California and Washington were on a course toward a great vintage. The difference is that Washington winemakers enjoyed ideal weather in September…