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Napa Harvest 2008 Update

Almost all Napa districts are reporting the 2008 harvest is over. A few are taking advantage of warm dry weather for a little more hang time, and will finish up with steady picking in the next two weeks. Reports across the board are of low crop yields maybe down as much as 40-50%. Lack of early rain in February, March and April, the history making frost and a prolonged heat spell during bloom all contributed to the low yields. Yet those factors also may have a positive effect on the quality of the fruit with small berries and excellent flavor density. Winemakers are optimistic that quality will be very high with some going so far as to say this could be a great vintage. Lee Hudson of Hudson Vineyards summed up harvest 2008 by saying “Harvest is drawing to a close with just odds and ends remaining to be picked; on to 2009, let the New Year begin.”

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