Rain “ruins” promising 2011 Californian vintage

on 20/10/11 at 11:25 am

Wine

A series of rain storms in California have potentially ruined a late but promising vintage.

Although the sun has returned for the moment, various producers have said that the situation “sucks” and is “not for the faint of heart”.

Winemakers Dennis Martin at Fetzer and David Graves of Saintsbury both told The Wine Spectator that 2011 was one of the most challenging years either of them had yet faced.

Compared to most of Europe, which has seen a relatively promising year and harvests were carried out anywhere between two to four weeks in advance of normal, California is looking at a late harvest with time running out to allow grapes to ripen properly.

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