Earliest ever Harvest for Napa Valley
The Latest news from Napa wineries is that it will be a record early harvest, but smaller than the last couple of years…
California’s harvest season seems to be getting earlier as Mumm starts picking for sparkling wines.
Mumm Napa is scheduled to kick off Napa Valley’s harvest season today in what will be its earliest start on record.
Winemaker Ludovic Dervin said the sparkling wine specialist’s first pick will be one day earlier than the previous earliest harvest kickoff in 1997 – a warm year that was considered one of Napa’s greatest at the time.
“We had a pretty warm month in January (this year), and the vines started to push early,” Dervin told Wine Searcher.
Mumm is traditionally one of the first Napa wineries to pick, because grapes for sparkling wine are picked earlier than for still wines. But most Napa grapes are ahead of schedule, said Napa Valley Grapegrowers director Paul Goldberg. The majority of Cabernet grapes are going through veraison, about a week earlier than usual.
Early reports are that the crop will be smaller in 2015, after record-size harvests two years in a row. It’s way too early to talk about quality, but so far most of Northern California has avoided the kind of extreme weather events that cause trouble………..
and they continue… Weather forecasters are predicting an El Niño effect that could bring California the kind of heavy rain it needs to make a dent in the three-year long drought. Normally El Niño rains happen after harvest – but did you see California just got hit by the tail end of a hurricane? What’s normal weather in the era of climate change?
“The big talk here is about El Niño and flooding,” Putnam said. “People are trying to buy as much erosion-control material as they can. It’s just so funny to hear people talking about having a hard time buying straw.”