It will be a harvest to cherish and remember, that’s for sure. With ripeness choices left almost completely up to the winemakers, and with so much high-quality fruit harvested, we can look forward to a plethora of styles and expressions in the bottle. And, if that wasn’t enough, the families of winemakers all up and down the Valley will be thanking their good fortune during the upcoming holidays, when their winemaking loved ones will actually be relaxing, at home.
Ken Bernards, Ancien Wines
We couldn’t be more thrilled with the quality with the quality we’re seeing so far- thorough ripeness , profound aromatics, explosive flavors, and tons of color and gorgeously resolved tannins. We’ve already had multiple growers compare 2012 and 2013 to 2001 and 2002: back to back spectacular vintages, with different but equally compelling personalities. Paul Colantuoni, Rocca Family Vineyards
What a fantastic vintage it has been. Our mid-August start was fast and furious with the larger than normal Sauvignon Blanc crop. Having some extra fruit on the vines this season was a plus as it allowed the flavors to develop without sugars skyrocketing. The mid-September rains gave us a chance to catch our breath and settle the dust. Fall has been beautiful in Napa Valley. Nice warm days and cool nights have given the Cabernets a chance to ease into full maturity and us a chance to finish at an unhurried pace. The crop seems to be about average or slightly less in size. This vintage could be epic!
Kristin Belair, Honig Vineyard & Winery
Fully flavored and richly textured yet well balanced whites and powerfully concentrated reds seem to be the rule this year from Calistoga and throughout the Napa valley as a whole. I thought it would be difficult to surpass the 2012 vintage over the course of the next few years, but I was happily mistaken- two great vintages in a row like 1990-1991, 1994-1995 and 2001-2002.
Richard Sowalsky, Clos Pegase