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ripeness and rain

October 22, 2009

The Napa Valley has had roughly 4.5 inches of rain over the past several weeks in the form of three storms. Considering that the region had 18 inches overall last year, it’s a considerable amount of water.

Luckily, thin skinned varietals most susceptible to water damage were predominantly collected and the heartier Cab is capable of handling the rinse. Several growers have reported that brix levels dropped slightly during the storms last week, and everyone with fruit still out is keeping a close eye on mold development, however overall the reports coming in are that it has been an excellent harvest. The last of the grapes will be coming in in the next few days and what’s in the cellar already is by all accounts shaping up very nicely.

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