The recurring themes for Napa Valley’s harvest this week were: “perfect weather,” “early harvest” and “more tank space!” It was another week of warm days, cool nights and crisp early mornings – ideal harvest-time weather. Most all the white grapes are now in and picking turned decidedly toward reds this week, including Zinfandel, Merlot, Pinot Noir and other thin-skinned varieties. The bright spotlights of night harvest were seen throughout the valley all week, under the glow of the heavy, full harvest moon.
Reports of the first Cabernet Sauvignon grapes being harvested were also announced and the pace for this king of Napa Valley’s grape varieties is expected to really ramp up beginning over the weekend. Some vintners report their harvest may be done by the end of September, one of the earliest most folks can remember.
2012 was great, but 2013 just might be better
Larry Hyde, HdV Wines – Hyde de Villaine