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2013's Bad Weather

Posted by EMark, Jul 28, 2013.

I can't say that this opinion is supported by well-researched history, but it seems to me that every year there is a report of bad weather in some wine region.  Of course, we as consumers start hyperventilating about the rise in price of wines because of scarcity.

This year's (first?) entry appears to be a serious wind and hail storm in Burgundy.  It is hard to tell truth from hyperbole, but there is at least one report that the storm will result in the loss of 75-90% of 2013's crop.  This estimate is from a posting that is not particularly well-written.  I am suspicious this is a sensationlized report that was slapped together from a collection of second-or-third-hand reports.

More reasoned reports seem to be from the Financial Times and Bloomberg.  In these reports, it is apparent the the damage is serious, but it also seems that it is premature to predict the final affect on the 2013 harvest.

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Reply by JonDerry, Jul 28, 2013.

Burgundy has had a bit of a rough go in recent years with yields down below norms in '10, '11, and more seriously in '12 I believe, but the weather this year has been a disaster in Pommard at least, and in much of the Cote de Beaune, with Pommard being the 2nd largest area of the Cote de Beaune (production at around 130k cases typically). I hear the damage is so bad that it will affect next year's crop as well.

The numbers you mention up to a 90% loss would definitely apply to the southern part of Cote de Beaune, namely Pommardand Volnay. Where the storm first hit in Savigny and Pernand Vergelesse, the losses are reported at 15 - 50+ %, but from what I hear the prized vineyards of the Cote de Nuits (to the North) haven't been nearly as affected, if at all by the hail.

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Reply by outthere, Jul 28, 2013.

Just one more reason to drink California Pinot Noir! 2013 is turning out to be a second consecutive great vintage in Snoma County with good yields and an early (by 2+ weeks) harvest. This eliminates late season problems with rain, powdery mildew and Botrytis.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jul 29, 2013.

OT is our boots on the ground up there in Sonoma, but I've been watching GdP's reports and keeping an eye on the weather and it looks pretty ideal.  According to Clay Mauritson, Zin's perfect temperature for growing and ripening is right around 86 F.  And that's been where the weather has stayed, outside that insane heatspike at the end of June/beginning of July.  BTW, it was quite nice in Rockpile while that was going on. Love the lake effect.

For fans of Monterey County Pinots, the weather is pretty cool.  Hope for a nice Indian summer so it ripens before the rain starts... assuming we get rain anymore.  Good news is that the phenols will get plenty of ripening time before the sugars go through the roof.  Which means your Burgundian Pinot needs will be met by Roar, Pisoni, Lucia, Patz and Hall, Miura, Morgan, and others.

I'm saying we need a multi-region Pinot taste-off.  Santa Rita Hills, SLH, Santa Cruz Mountains (anyone have some Rhys?), Carneros (at least for old time's sake), a couple areas of Sonoma County (RRV and True?), Anderson Valley, NZ and Burgundy.  Advocates for each region bring their picks and we taste blind.  If we could get OT to travel, I'd meet down towards Monterey or down by Pinnacles--I know that's in NG's migratory range and splits some distance with Emark and JD. 

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Reply by EMark, Jul 29, 2013.

I'd be interested in playing, Fox.  And I am all over the idea of doing it blind.  Did you have a specific year in mind?  As you might guess from my previous wailings about PN, I do not have a lot of it, but I do have some that represent various California regions from Sta. Rita Hills to Anderson Valley.  (No Rhys and no Burgundy,  though.)  Actually, I was interested in that '06, or was it '07, Syrah thing you proposed, but I found that I had no NoCal samples in my inventory.

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Reply by JonDerry, Jul 29, 2013.

Sounds good Fox...

I'd think that you should bring whatever year you think would show best Mark.

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Reply by outthere, Jul 29, 2013.

"If we could get OT to travel..."

Umbrella drinks and palm trees are my travel magnets. But I could be swayed into a nice blind tasting. After harvest time? Carmel area?

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jul 29, 2013.

Okay, a plan is coalescing.  I'll start a thread for it tonight...

Circa harvest time, I am going to be in Napa, oddly enough.  I usually avoid it like the plague in Summer, but now that I think about it, I have been there a lot in October.  But we could try something down that way--just have to find a good weekend for it.

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Reply by JonDerry, Jul 29, 2013.

I'm just not sure if splitting the distance makes it any easier for Mark or me. Actually, I know flying into Oakland is a lot easier than trying to get somewhere in-between Santa Barbara and the bay.

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Reply by outthere, Jul 29, 2013.

I'm liking this more by the minute! :p

 

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jul 29, 2013.

Okay, starting a new thread for Pinot Throwdown

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Reply by EMark, Aug 12, 2013.

Back to the Original Topic, now there has been a damaging hailstorm in Bordeaux

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/09/bordeaux-wine-vineyards-hailstorms-damage

The area that was seriously struck is Entre-deux-Mers.  I am totally unfamiliar with this region.  It sounds like their best wines are dry whites.

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