A Cliff-hanging Harvest in the Livermore Valley

The 2018 harvest will undoubtedly go down as one for the record books, in a good way, as opposed to last year, when extreme heat scorched the day. This year, the cool summer weather has meant a longer hang time than in the drought years of 2012—2016. Many vineyards are reporting a slightly bigger crop, although this is not true for everybody. Most winemakers are expressing universal optimism over the quality and the balance of the fruit.

Many are still waiting for Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Syrah and Petite Sirah to come to ripeness, although this prolonged high-pressure pattern driven by an offshore flow, will certainly assist with that process.

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