The Wine Institute issued a press release yesterday regarding the 2007 winegrape harvest. The release quotes a variety of industry executives, including Napa Valley’s Bill Nancarrow, the winemaker at Duckhorn Vineyards, and Merryvale Vineyards’ winemaker Larry Cherubino, among others.
Here’s the synopsis:
California’s 2007 wine grape harvest began early, stalled mid-way due to cool weather, and finished in late October to vintner accolades. A mild winter with below normal rainfall, coupled with a dry spring, led to early bud break. Although cluster counts were high in most locations, a sparse berry set in spring resulted in loose grape bunches. Additionally, berries were small, creating a greater skin to juice ratio, enhancing quality. The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s latest wine grape crop forecast in October was 3.2 million tons, up less than one percent from 2006.
You can find the full press release here.