Region 'California Merlot' - Year 2006
|keep||A tricky vintage that may not have the complexity and power of 2002, but charming and useful wines from vigilant winemakers.|
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 sudden rise in temperature at harvest time sped up ripening of all varietals lead to round-the-clock activity at some wineries though a decline in temperatures mid-August was good for both pickers and growers, as it allowed longer hang-time for red grapes. Yields were down on 2005.