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2003 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot


Washington 2003: Keep

Very good quality wines with concentration and complexity.

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 be a hotter than normal summer. However, a cooling trend in early September came along to slow down sugar development and to allow better flavour build up. The smooth September was followed by a warm October, quickly bringing most of the fruit to full maturity. Overall, a hot vintage, similar to 1998.

Best Appellations

Walla Walla, Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley

Best Producers

L’Ecole No. 41, Hogue Genesis, Chateau Ste Michelle, Andrew Will, Pepper Bridge, Woodward Canyon

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