Overall, the grape crop was balanced, showing excellent intense colors and flavor concentrations. Fog and cool temperatures were a concern heading into September as sugar levels were yet to rise in all varieties. The clusters, while small and low in weight, produced elegant fruit with definite personality and complexity. We've received your email address, and soon you will start getting exclusive offers and news from Wine Enthusiast. This 1996 Napa Valley vintage chart depicts the high and low temperatures for each day of the growing season, as well as key stages of the growing season and rainfall, from January through the middle of September. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links. The hillside and higher elevation vineyards still had anywhere from 25-50% of their crop on the vine, but while the rain was just enough to penetrate several inches into the soil, not enough to get to the root zone of most vineyards. By early June, the sun came out and vines began to bloom and set fruit. Smaller clusters and a light crop resulted in deeply flavored grapes, with the overall harvest down by 20-30%. The damage was variable site-to-site with many vineyards reporting no sunburned clusters at all. California/Cabernet/Napa. you agree to our use of cookies and the terms of our. Then, a week-long heat spell over the Labor Day holiday ratcheted everyone into high gear as several varieties were coming to ripeness all at once. Some growers reported losses of thirty percent or more. Heat spikes in September helped move the harvest forward after many felt it would be a late year. In the midst of the 2010 growing season, and led by the hard work of Napa County Agriculture Commissioner Dave Whitmer, the potentially crop devastating pest known as the European Grapevine Moth or Lobesia looks to be successfully eradicated in Napa County. While quantity was low, the fruit this year will make for well-balanced wines with good intensity, structure and texture with a brightness of flavor. Bordeaux 2017. But growers were rewarded with weeks of fantastic weather, a prolonged Indian summer that provided needed ripening time. The valley floor crop, including most of the black varieties, was almost fully harvested when unseasonably cool and wet weather arrived the second week in October, with nearly an inch of rain falling in parts of the appellation. Summary: Bordeaux 2017 was marked by devastating frosts early in the growing season.That said, en primeur tastings showed there is a lot of pleasure in this vintage if you know where to look. Yields were generally consistent with 2010 — down by 10%. 2015 Napa Valley – First Impressions, Antonio Galloni, June 2016. A long, warm summer and mild finish to the season. By using our website and/or subscribing to our newsletter, Vineyards entered the growing season in a state of dormancy, induced by a December freeze which saw temperatures plummet into the teens. Nearly all white varieties were already picked and the thicker-skinned black varieties like Cabernet and Merlot were unaffected by the rain. Because of the early vine development in spring, growers were initially predicting a very early harvest, however because of the cooler summer it started just a little ahead of normal. Warm, nearly perfect conditions arrived with an Indian Summer making for a later than average harvest, providing winemakers with fruit with extended hang and ultimately realizing excellent sugar development and balanced acids with a larger than average crop of what could be a signature vintages from Napa Valley. A Labor Day weekend heatwave kicked harvest into high gear, then cool weather allowed sugar levels to return to normal. Temperature ˚uctuations have a signi˛cant e˝ect on grapevines and grape development and therefore in˚uence the … The spring season was one of the driest on record with virtually no rainfall. The vintage chart and harvest reports provided by the Wine Scholar Guild gives you the ranking for every French wine region and vintage from 2000 to today. Soaking spring rains during bloom reduced the size of the crop somewhat, but the long, warm summer that followed allowed grapes to ripen uniformly and achieve near-perfect fruit maturity, acid levels and sugar content. In 1961, Bordeaux was having one of its best vintages ever. Initial reports all the way around are finding vintners and growers delighted with 2009—from Albarino to Zinfandel to everything in between. A long, cool spring gave way to a mild summer. Vintners were excited about what they were tasting from the vineyards--concentrated flavors that will materialize into elegant, structured wines, almost European in style. California/Rhône-Style Reds. 2013 was a dream vintage for winemakers in Napa Valley, producing Cabernet Sauvignon. This is one of the many reasons that Napa Valley wines are so consistent vintage-to-vintage and acclaimed for their high quality in the bottle. Click here to see the latest, updated edition of our wine vintage chart for 2020. Industry winegrowers led by the Napa Valley Vintners, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers and the Napa County Farm Bureau along with residential grapes growers, community leaders and environmental groups joined forces in a highly organized and well-orchestrated effort that employed organic compounds, fruit disposal and mating disruption. Napa Chardonnay: 2012, 2013, 2014* Napa Cabernet Sauvignon: 2010, 2011, 2012*, 2014. Vintage charts provide a general indication of a specific wine region's overall performance in a given year. Winegrowers across Napa Valley met the challenges of a crazy weather year, harvesting fruit with incredible concentration which, by all accounts, is showing 2008 as a low-yielding, yet high-quality vintage from Napa Valley. With canopies thinned to adjust for the cooler season, grapes at various sites experienced some sunburn. August cooled to near perfect temperatures with cool nights, allowing the grapes to settle and extend the all-important hang time on the vine, producing remarkably clean fruit. Harvest got underway following a weekend of intense summer heat late in September. The abundance of perfectly ripe grapes--with a smooth balance of acids and sugars--provided a broad sweep of opportunities for winemakers to cull only the most select fruit. See better and save more with NAPA NIGHTVISION. A temperate summer with moderate, steady temperatures allowed the fruit to reach optimal maturity with good hang time for the full development of character and flavors. The shatter resulting from the rain events in June was variable by vineyard location hitting some locations harder with projected crop diminished by more than 30% while leaving other sites nearly untouched with near-normal crop. Average Score: 97 pts. Across the whole state, wine quality looks good for 2018 in California. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. An unusually cool August changed the course of what was shaping up to be another record-early harvest for Napa … The harvest was marginally larger than in 2017, and slightly later thanks to a cooler autumn that allowed prolonged ripening. Plus, recommendations for when to drink the wines at their best. Challenging year in the vineyard reaps rewards in the cellar. An early April frost and May rains gave way to a mild summer with ideal growing conditions - warm days and cool, even cold, nights. Rating: Not yet tasted in-bottle. California Syrah, Napa Vintage Chart. Privacy Policy, By continuing to use our Services and/or submitting the above information, you agree to our use of cookies and the terms of ourPrivacy Policy, Welcome to winemag.com! As grapes for sparkling wines began to be harvested in mid-August, the lighter white varieties began in earnest toward the third week of August. Textbook conditions saw near-ideal spring bud break, steady flowering, even fruit set, and a lengthy stretch of warm days and cool and often foggy nights during the long summer months. Find ratings for recent vintages of Rhône-style reds, summing up the … The season started when the warm, dry soils at the end of February triggered budbreak a full month early. The commitment to quality runs so deep and strong in this valley that systems for effective sorting were already set-up, both in the field and at the wineries. As the fruit set, growers recognized that the outstanding weather of the previous year would result in an exceptional crop. With only one heat spike recorded in the first part of July, the 1999 vintage ripened under conditions that allowed a long hang-time that resulted in fruit of concentrated varietal flavors with a strong backbone of acid. Sound like a lot? Early budbreak, followed by prolonged bloom induced by cool weather, caused uneven set, requiring cluster pruning in some varieties. For example, many growers compare the date of bloom to growing season data from previous years to determine a timeframe for the first day of harvest. A cold, wet winter that was welcome after the searing and dry conditions of 2005 gave way to dry weather from spring through mid-summer, which was marked by prolonged scorching heat in July and a soggy … The pace of harvest was break-neck with cellar crews often working around the clock to crush the fruit that was coming in all at once. A long cool summer allowed the fruit flavors to evolve beautifully ahead of the sugar accumulation. Somewhat cooler weather arrived in August and continued throughout harvest, allowing for moderately paced and deliberate ripening and a long harvest period. A long, cool spring followed by a cool summer produced slightly lower grape yields of richly concentrated fruit. A precocious spring, drought conditions throughout the year, and an early harvest are three of the signatures of 2014 in Napa Valley. Mother Nature throws curve balls; winemakers catch them, The year began with abundant rainfall, followed by a mild Spring resulting in extended flowering with little shatter. This heat spike added the boost of sugar development that growers were looking for to complement the excellent acid structure developed in the white varieties. Daytimes during the spring were picture-perfect, yet the cold temperatures and frost threat held on for more than three weeks. Vintages. Both quality and quantity were good for all varietals in all growing areas. Thinning of the resultant large crop was important and widespread. A relatively warm summer with several heat spells speeded veraison and ripening, while a cooling trend in September allowed grape flavors to catch up with sugars, bringing the fruit into excellent balance. The first grapes for sparkling wine picked on July 30 and nearly all harvest activity was completed by the third week in October – for many, a full two weeks ahead of the normal harvest schedule. Our goal is help you know which bottles to drink, what vintages may need more age to reach perfection, and which bottles are past their prime. Â, However, even with our new interactive chart, sorting through all that information can be a bit daunting. Top off toolbox this holiday season with great deals on Craftsman tools, now available at NAPA. The drier soils prompted vines to push out early, providing the "perfect storm" for frigid, dry air to create conditions for the deepest and longest frost period in decades. A dry, long sunny summer allowed for the earliest harvest in more than 25 years and an overall ideal growing season. Top Five Questions Regarding the 2015 Vintage, Early harvest yields high quality wine grape crop. The moderate temperatures were optimum for grape quality. 2013 Napa Valley: Once Upon a Time in America…, Antonio Galloni, October 2015 Uncovering the Best Values in California Cabernet Sauvignon, Antonio Galloni, October 2015. View our full Wine Vintage Chart to see which bottles should remain in the cellar, and which may be best to cook with.Â, * Indicates the highest-rated vintage(s) of those currently in their peak drinking window.Â, Napa Cabernet Sauvignon: 2010, 2011, 2012*, 2014, Russian River Valley Chardonnay: 2012, 2013*, 2014*, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir: 2012*, 2014, Santa Barbara Chardonnay: 2010, 2011, 2012*, 2013*, 2014*, 2015, Santa Barbara Pinot Noir: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012*, 2013, 2014, Central Coast Chardonnay: 2010, 2011, 2012*, 2013*, 2014*, 2015, Central Coast Pinot Noir: 2008, 2009, 2010*, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014*, Central Coast Syrah: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013*, Anderson Valley Pinot Noir: 2008, 2009*, 2010*, 2011, South Coast Syrah: 2012*, 2013*, 2014*, 2015*, Sierra Foothills Zinfandel: 2009, 2010*, 2011, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir: 2006*, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, Willamette Valley Whites: 2012, 2013*, 2014*, 2015*, Columbia Valley Cabernet, Merlot: 2006, 2007*, 2008, 2009, Columbia Valley Syrah: 2009*, 2010, 2011*, Columbia Valley Whites: 2012*, 2014, 2015, 2016, Finger Lakes Reds: 2012*, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, Finger Lakes Whites: 2012*, 2013, 2014, 2015*, 2016*, Long Island Reds: 2010*, 2012*, 2013*, 2014, Pomerol/Saint-Émilion: 1998, 2001*, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, Médoc: 1998, 1999, 2000*, 2001*, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, Graves (red): 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001*, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, Graves (white): 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007*, 2008, 2009, Sauternes/Barsac: 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007*, 2008, 2012, Côte de Nuits (red): 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002*, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, Côte de Beaune (red): 2001, 2003*, 2006, 2007, 2013, Chablis: 2001, 2002*, 2004, 2005*, 2006, 2007, 2008, Côte de Beaune (white): 2001, 2002*, 2004, 2006, 2007, Nothern Rhône Reds: 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009*, Nothern Rhône Whites: 2001, 2004*, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, Southern Rhône Reds: 1998*, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007*, 2008, 2009, 2011, Southern Rhône Whites: 2015, 2016*, 2017*, 2018*, Loire Dry Whites: 2005*, 2007, 2008, 2009*, 2010*, 2011, Loire Sweet Whites: 1996, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2005*, 2006, 2008, Loire Reds: 2000*, 2003, 2005*, 2008, 2009*, 2010, 2011*, Beaujolais: 2006, 2008, 2009*, 2010, 2011, 2012, Champagne: 1996*, 1998, 2000, 2002*, 2003, 2005, 2006, Barbaresco: 1995, 1996*, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2004*, 2005, 2007, 2009, Amarone: 1997*, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, Soave Classico/Lugana: 2008, 2009*, 2010*, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, Bolgheri: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001*, 2003, 2004, 2007, Chianti Classico: 1999*, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, Brunello di Montalcino: 1997*, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, Verdicchio: 2012*, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, Campania Whites: 2012*, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, Sicily Whites: 2014*, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, Abruzzo Reds: 2004, 2005, 2006*, 2007, 2008, 2009*, 2013, 2014, Basilicata Aglianico del Vulture: 2004, 2005*, 2014, Collio-Friuli Whites: 2012*, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, Lombardy Franciacorta: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009*, 2010, 2011, 2012, Trentino-Alto Adige Whites: 2013, 2014, 2015*, 2017, 2018, Catalonia Reds: 2010*, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, Rioja Reds: 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010*, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, Ribera del Duero Reds: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010*, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, Mosel Whites: 2004, 2005*, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, Rhine Region Wines: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007*, 2008, 2009, 2010, Franken Whites: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007*, 2008, 2009, 2010, Red Table Wines: 1997*, 1998, 2000, 2003*, 2005, 2008, White Table Wines: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013*, 2014*, Danube Region Whites: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011*, 2012*, Burgenland Sweet Wines:  2005*, 2006, 2008, Barossa/McLaren Vale Shiraz: 2002, 2004, 2005*, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, Clare Valley Riesling: 2005*, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009*, 2011, 2013, Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon: 1998*, 2001, 2004, 2005*, 2006*, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, Yarra Valley Pinot Noir: 2010, 2011, 2012*, Western Australia Cabernet/Chardonnay: 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007*, 2008, 2009, 2010*, 2011, Hunter Valley Semillon: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009*, 2012, 2013, Martinborough Pinot Noir: 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011*, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc: 2016*, 2017, 2018, Central Otago Pinot Noir: 2007*, 2008, 2009, 2010*, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, South Africa Reds: 2006, 2007, 2009*, 2011, Maipo Reds: 2011, 2012, 2013*, 2014, 2015*, Colchagua Reds: 2011*, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015*, Argentina/Mendoza Reds: 2013*, 2014, 2015. Temperatures were steady into one of the earliest harvests in Napa Valley. We can't wait to see how the flavors of the 2012 Napa Valley harvest reveal themselves. Napa Valley Merlot Vintage Chart. The nearly 14 days of 100°f plus temperatures that mark a typical growing season, 2009 counted perhaps only four or five overall, again helping to reduce demand for water when the resource was relatively scarce. Growers here, year-in and year-out, bring an average of 4 tons per acre to crush overall, which is consistently half the California state-wide average. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. They are by necessity general in nature, but can help consumers make good choices when faced with unfamiliar wines. Heavy March rainfall prior to budbreak, followed by ideal weather during bloom, resulted in an abundant set of excellent fruit. A very tricky vintage marked by highly variable weather from beginning to end. The ten-day to two-week lag continued into a later than average veraison. “An excellent vintage that will make wines with great structure.” He wrapped up picking late last week after working 20-hour days. Shop great deals on select vision products including premium headlamps, LED fog lamps and Xenon capsules. The almost uneventful spring and summer weather pattern, every grower's dream, produced fruit of exceptional quality. This timetable continued through the somewhat cool summer season where harvest for the first varieties for sparkling wines found the latest harvest start in anyone’s memory, beginning August 29. Most winemakers across the region are reporting superb grape quality, high yields, and low sugar concentration in the fruit. Though a second budding occurred, the fruit set was thin and uneven. While it can tended to be on the greener side, the cool weather helped the vines work more efficiently and produced a beautiful vintage of this varietal with black cherry and plum, not any pruney character. This vintage, while as much as 30% higher than the past two years' smaller crops, is on par with near-normal quantity. “Early, even and excellent” are three words being used to describe this year’s growing season and the Napa Valley wine grapes that have come from it, reflecting the consistent quality for which this world famous wine region is known. Picking started in late September, went into full swing in October and reached completion in early November. Napa Cabernet by Vintage The Napa Valley is recognized by collectors and critics alike as one of the greatest places on earth to grow and vinify the noble Cabernet Sauvignon grape. Harvest of Chardonnay began in early to mid-August in Carneros and southern Napa, followed by Pinot Noir. A cool spring was followed by intermittent rain during the May bloom period, causing shatter in many vineyards and reducing the potential crop size. The timing was just a little ahead of normal. Cabernet Sauvignon was the seventh most planted grape; there was more than four times as much Petite Sirah.Almost nobody was shooting for greatness; the top winery in Napa (Christian Brothers) made non-vintage … Thank You! California/Merlot. This resulted in an early bud break and bloom. It may also appeal to enthusiasts who normally collect Old-World wines, as this is a very elegant, classic year for Napa Cabernet. Yields were were average on a per acre basis, however, with numerous post-phylloxera vineyards coming on line, the year's overall tonnage was up noticeably. This effort hit it out of the park and speaks volumes about the collaborative efforts, innovation and leadership of the Napa Valley wine industry. California/Zinfandel. Then, within the same week that many had been irrigating for frost protection, vineyards were irrigated because of a multi-day heat spike that brought early season temperatures into the triple digits in many parts of the appellation and at the time that vines were beginning to flower, another time when fruit and vine development is particularly susceptible to extremes. New York/Finger Lakes. This allowed cellar crew to catch up, and with the following weeks returning to seasonally normal temperatures with warm days and cool nights, the red varieties, which were largely untouched to date, languished on the vine with optimal hang time, excellent ripening and balanced structure. Quality looks very good with lower alcohols, good structure and length on the palate. Few high heat events occurred at any point this year, but growers managed more open vine canopies to ensure sunlight, warmth and good air circulation around the grape clusters. An early spring, a surprise frost and early heat spikes led to a bit of a roller coaster ride for the 2001 vintage crop. Click here to see the latest, updated edition of our wine vintage chart for 2020. The unpredictable nature of the 2003 growing season began with a series of early heat spikes in March, followed by the wettest April on record. The long, warm summer saw very few extreme heat events, with foggy mornings setting the stage for vibrant and expressive wines. Although the fire was tragic for the Lake County residents who lost their lives and their homes, prevailing winds blew the fire's smoke away from Napa Valley. Winter rains took pause for a dry, mild March then began again with record-setting precipitation late into the growing season delaying bloom and set. The 2015 growing season in Napa Valley started out with unseasonably warm temperatures in the late winter and early spring. Country, Region 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001; Bordeaux: St. Estephe, Pauillac: NT: NT: 96-99: 91E: 99T California Zinfandel. The near-perfect 2016 growing season started early, saw ideal weather conditions throughout and wrapped up as the valley's first significant fall rainstorm arrived on October 14. In some years winegrowers must feel like baseball players in the batting cage swinging at whatever Mother Nature throws their way, and for vintage 2010 in California's renowned Napa Valley this was the case. There was a brief period of heat that spiked around Labor Day, but the temperatures cooled after several days. 2 Gifts for the Price of 1! As a result, winemakers worked hand-in-hand with vineyard crews and also employed new technologies, like optical sorting, to ensure they picked and crushed only the best quality grapes. Napa Valley received only a trace of rain from April through October, leading to extremely clean fruit arriving at the wineries. A Classic Vintage for Napa Valley from Start to Finish. Welcome to winemag.com! Cooler than average temperatures retuned again in early September, but gave way to a welcome, warm and consistent Indian Summer that was just the ticket, bringing good flavor and color development across the board. # Vintage Charts, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, California Update: IntoWine has partnered with the California Wine Club to offer you great deals on Aged Cabernet Sauvignon . you should buy the 2012 Napa Cab or the 2013. check this list to see if your year is listed, and which of the vintages at their peak had the best grapes. The world's most trusted authority in wine for over 30 years. The summer brought cooler than normal temperatures, where constant vigilance and rigorous canopy management averted mildew or pest problems. In spite of the drought and the South Napa earthquake, vintners are using words like “quality,” “depth of flavor” and “excellent” to describe their expectations for the 2014 vintage in Napa Valley. Grape quality was excellent, with intense flavors off the vine, although some varieties experienced sunburn and required selective picking at harvest. The folks at California Wine Club do a great job sourcing the best of California's aged cabs. Moderate Indian Summer temperatures permitted extended hang time for red varieties, important to the development of rich flavors and deep color. A warm, dry spring brought early bud break, helped with canopy vigor and berry size and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set under sunny skies. latest vintage chart to get an idea of what to expect. A two-week period of hot weather at the beginning of August created some uneven coloration during veraison, and growers compensated by thinning fruit to allow only the best grapes to reach maturation. At the time of harvest, there were no reports of smoke taint affecting Napa Valley wines. All varietals were intensely colored and rich in flavor at harvest. Read the full report and FAQs about the 2014 harvest. Below, find the charts and link currently available on three wine review … Wines from the 2016 vintage are now quietly developing in cellars throughout Napa Valley and vintners are pinching themselves and smiling for the gift it appears Mother Nature has given them: a fifth consecutive vintage of stellar quality Napa Valley wines. Receive updates about Napa Valley wine and events. Napa Valley Trilogy: 2014, 2015 & 2016, Antonio Galloni, December 2016. Cool growing season temperatures were broken with intermittent heat spells in August and September, resulting in several selective harvests, rather than one extended crush. They got to consciously choose exactly … An uneventful, warm spring concluded with unexpected rain during the bloom period in May, resulting in lower berry set and ultimate crop reduction of 20% to 30% at harvest. The prospects for all varieties seem very promising, with intense and complex wines in prospect. Temperatures were warmer than normal as winter continued into spring with resulting earlier budding, bloom and set in the vineyards across all varieties. Next time you’re standing in a wine shop wondering if you should buy the 2012 Napa Cab or the 2013, check this list to see if your year is listed, and which of the vintages at their peak had the best grapes.Â, Thirsty for more? What began with a wet winter and spring continued with rainfall into mid-June that delayed bloom and disrupted fruit set resulting in shatter in parts of the region set the stage for a long, cooler-than-average growing season with a later-than-average harvest beset with autumn rain storms. The hottest May on record and the third hottest June (in total degree days) led to a harvest time around two to three weeks ahead of normal. California Central Coast Syrah Vintage Chart. View our full Wine Vintage Chart to see which bottles should remain in the cellar, ... Napa Valley. The juice to skin ratio was very low, which translates into extracted wines with concentrated fruit flavors. The summer months were cool and pleasant with few heat spikes. Here's your free guide to the most relevant vintages in the most significant regions. Overall, vintners characterized the year as late, light and luscious. A benefit of the dry year found very little pest infestation in the vines, little mold or mildew problems and very healthy vines. One of the most misunderstood vintages of all time is the exalted 1982 in Bordeaux. The Vinous Vintage Chart, also available on the Vinous App for iOS and Android smartphones, contains vintage summaries back to 1961. Although our expert reviewers base these ... Napa 93 93 93 92 89 89 89 89 94 87 87 90 88 86 91 85 90 85 89 88 90 91 89 89 92 91 Plus, recommendations for when to drink the wines at their best. These charts also includes quality ratings and drink-ability evaluations as wines age to help consumers decide when the wine is best to enjoy. Mid-July presented a record-setting ten day heat wave, but the canopy had not yet been thinned because of the delayed season and young clusters were shaded from the hot sun. This was a vintage of contrasts: contrasts from previous vintages, and contrasts from early predictions to final outcome, yet winegrowers adapted to changing conditions all along the way to finish with what was an outstanding vintage. Cool to moderate temperatures, broken by a brief heat spike in early July, extended the growing season — ideal for concentrating fruit flavors and maintaining desirable high acidity. Some growers, especially those in the eastern hills around the Howell Mountain AVA were low on water for overhead irrigation or farmed in areas that rarely see any frost and were therefore hit hardest. Winegrowers were faced with a two-day heat spike into triple digits for the first time in the season, coinciding with the first day of harvest on August 24. With the exception of one heat spike in late June/early July, temperatures were consistently in the zone for optimal vine activity, resulting in notably healthy vines as fruit went through veraison and started ripening. The 21st century in the Napa Valley began with a virtually picture perfect growing season. With both red and white varietals showing excellent balance, the vintage was judged overall to be one of higher quality and slightly lower quantity. For collectors who enjoy a refined Cabernet, this vintage is ideal. A cool, even growing season throughout, except for a three-day heat stretch of unusually high temperatures in June and ominous rain clouds in late August, led to a compact harvesting period that finished in mid-October. "Classic" and "perfect" are just two accolades being bestowed upon the 2012 Napa Valley growing season and harvest.