According to a new report, the 2012 growing season is as "textbook perfect" as many vintners can remember. With harvest well underway, most are reporting above normal crop yields and high quality fruit.
Our own Melissa Stackhouse, VP of Winemaking for J Vineyards and Winery, is quoted in the report.
"The quality of the fruit is nothing short of exceptional," she said.
Other winemakers, too, are reporting ideal weather, healthy bunch weights, and superlative grapes.
"Mother Nature is helping to make this an exceptional harvest," said Jim Mickelson, President of Kunde Family Vineyards.
The report represents the perspective of vintners throughout the region. It's being issued as a series of updates by the Sonoma County Vintners and Sonoma County Winemakers.
Here at J, the sparkling wine portion of the harvest ended in mid-September and transitioned smoothly into Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris. We expect to be finished picking grapes before the end of October.
It's a banner year in the making, so keep your eye on 2012 wines from J Vineyards & Winery!