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1995 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

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Washington 1995: Drink soon

An irregular and variable vintage

Weather Conditions

This was an odd growing season in Washington . It began with mild, warm weather during the winter and early spring. However, by the late spring and continuing into the early summer, the daily temperature turned surprisingly cool. As a result of thelong-term cool conditions, bud-break and flowering were delayed by two weeks. There was also enough rain to annoy growers who in this semi-arid region are not familiar with summertime rain. Characterized as a cool and long growing season,1995 was a moderately sized crop and the harvest extended well into October. When summer arrived, the grapes began a slow, steady ripening process which proved to be much to Merlot’s liking. Merlot was the standout in this vintage.

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Best Producers

Ste. Michelle (Horse Heaven Vyd, Canoe Ridge Estate, & Reserve), Woodward Canyon, L’Ecole #41, Andrew Will, Seven Hills, Canoe Ridge, Hogue Reserve, Barnard Griffin Reserve, Waterbrook.
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