Region 'Washington State Merlot' - Year 1993
|drink now||A record crop of good quality|
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 to ripen a huge crop. As the days went by growers had to perform some cluster thinning to adjust the crop and leaf stripping, allowing badly need sun to reach the fruit, was also commonly done. Placing the vineyards on a moderate irrigation program to speed up the ripening process was somewhat successful. However, in some vineyards the vine shut down and a lot of unripe fruit was hanging on the vine.
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Andrew Will comes of age in this vintage, Chinook, Hogue Reserve, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Hyatt Reserve, Canoe Ridge