Vintage Watch XIII

Many harvests are safely in the bag, or vat, yet other producers must still hope for sunny skies


The coming week or two really are the crossroads of this harvest season. Producers in the north of California are focusing on bringing in some of their later vineyards while in Oregon there is a bit of a scramble as growers have to make the tough decision to pick a bit early and get fruit in before possible rains, and it is raining there, or to wait it out and hope for the best.

The waiting game is in full force in regions across the Atlantic. Rioja is about two weeks away from the heart of harvest and in Piedmont some of the early reds are in and will continue to be harvested this week and next but the big gun, Nebbiolo, is waiting in the wings; a notoriously late ripening variety that may test the patience of producers in 2013.

Napa, California

Napa has great weather in store. Whatever fruit remans not he vine looks like it'll continue to ripen at a steady pace though the hight temps forecast for the weekend look a little intimidating.

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Alba, Italy

Piedmont is in for a rather cool week, which is not what they were hoping for. It looks like the Nebbiolo harvest will stretch out even further into October if this keeps up. At least there's just a little rain in the forecast.

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Logroño, Spain

Rain last week  with more on the way and plenty of fruit not he vine. It must be nerve racking to be a grower in Rioja right now. Given two or three great weeks things might recover, but that's a lot to ask this time of year.

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Sonoma, California

Sonoma's on a bit of roll with two gorgeous weeks for harvest closing out September and leading into October. The highs towards the end of the week might be a bit more than some folks are hoping for but far better than the alternative.

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McMinnville, Oregon

Cool and damp, not what growers look forward to at the close of a vintage, but that's what's in store in the Willamette valley. To pick or not to pick, that is the question.

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Jordan Station, Ontario Canada

Ontario is warmer and drier than the Willamette this week, and this late season weather explains a lot about the style and quality of these wines. If the weather holds up, ripe grapes will enjoy some long hangtime.

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Tuscany, Italy

A little rain in the forecast could prove problematic for some of Tuscany's producers but all in all the weather looks excellent for the coming week and the rain will probably have a differing impact depending on where one finds oneself in this rather expansive region.

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  • Snooth User: Urban Legend Cellars
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
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    notes from California: The harvest has not been uniformly early this year. Many of our late ripening varieties are already in but then several of our early ripeners are still in the vineyard. We are waiting on Pinot from Carneros (first to second week of September normally)) while our Sierra Foothills Barbera is in barrel already (usually harvests mid October)!

    Sep 30, 2013 at 6:23 PM

  • Snooth User: Richard Foxall
    Hand of Snooth
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    Warm weather in Sonoma and Napa are just what's needed to finish off the last of the harvest. We had a little rain the last couple days, so things need to dry off just a little. We saw some areas that had been completely harvested--all the whites appear to be in--and a few vineyards with big berries still hanging on the vine--given the locale, I would guess PN--as we drove through the RRV this Sunday.

    Sep 30, 2013 at 6:28 PM

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