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Bad News: 2011 “a very bad year for Napa Cabernet”

on 21/11/11 at 7:05 am


Ravenswood founder and winemaker Joel Peterson has spoken out about an “awful” 2011 vintage in California.

Speaking exclusively to the drinks business, the “King of Zin” said: “It was the most fungus-filled, botrytis-filled vintage I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been working a long time.”

Elaborating on the October rain storms db reported last month, Peterson explained: “The vintage was marked by two rains. The first loaded the gun and the second pulled the trigger.”

According to Peterson, the Bordeaux varieties really suffered. “Napa Cabernet never got ripe; it was a very bad year for Napa and Mendocino. We had to sort our Cabernet and Merlot in the field and crush straight away – I’ve never had to do that before.

“We moved as fast as we could. You could almost see the botrytis spreading in the truck. There were a lot of mercy picks.


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