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State of the Napa Valley wine harvest: ‘like standing at the top of Matterhorn in your skis waiting to jump off’

by TrevR on September 23, 2011

The 2011 Napa Valley wine grape harvest officially kicked-off in late August, but by all accounts it’s moving along slowly due in part to the cool summer.

To-date, most wineries have been bringing in sparkling and white varietals (Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay) with a few just recently starting to pick the early reds (Zinfandels, etc.)

Earlier this week we heard from the folks at Quintessa regarding their 2011 growing season.

When asked to describe the current state of harvest, winemaker Charles Thomas said it was “like standing at the top of Matterhorn in your skis waiting to jump off.”

Quintessa expects to start bringing in some early Merlots at the beginning of next week and noted that its Cabernet recently checked in at 22-23 Brix, meaning it is roughly two weeks out.

Visit our Harvest 2011 page for daily harvest updates from wineries throughout the valley.

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has written 716 posts on The Cork Board. He was born and aged in the Napa Valley and has a passion for wine, writing and social media, which led him to co-found this blog in early 2007. Follow him on Twitter @TrevR.

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