Senior Director of Marketing Communications Instead, this year delivered an ideal growing season, followed by a long, slow-paced harvest. In the winery, more vintners are using optical sorters to ensure only the best grapes become wine. Napa and Sonoma overcame the challenges brought on by the October 2017 wildfires to produce high-quality vintages that can be purchased with confidence. In the vineyard, evapotranspiration sensors help vintners and growers determine how often and how much to water their vines, information critical to efficient water management. © 2021 Napa Valley Vintners ALL Rights Reserved. The string of near perfect vintages continued for the fifth year in 2016, with an early bud break and flowering followed by sunny days and relatively mild temperatures throughout the growing season. A Red wine from Napa County, North Coast, California, United States. My friend has dozens of bottles of 1994 Napa Cabernet in his collection–it was the very first Napa vintage that he started collecting in earnest. #4 - The first wines from this harvest will be on store shelves by early next year. The start was early, but temperatures were very moderate most of the year. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. The 2015, 2016 and 2017 vintages have all been remarkable in their own way, and it is a function of the manner in which vintage … 2015 Napa Valley – First Impressions, Antonio Galloni, June 2016. Contact: Patsy McGaughy, Communications Director - 707.968.4207,, Teresa Wall Napa Valley Trilogy: 2014, 2015 & 2016, Antonio Galloni, December 2016. sales tax. As does everything with wine quality, the results are first and foremost dictated by site and, more to the point, how that site is presented to the consumer. If all of Dr. Crane vineyard were blended into one bottling à la the Bordeaux model, it would potentially produce one perfect wine at most or maybe not even that, if you consider that the vineyard will inevitably possess less successful sections that could rob the wine of a point or two. The 2016s continue to impress with their dazzling aromatic presence, finesse and nuance. Learn more at They got to consciously choose exactly what they wanted.” And we are not looking to change that any time soon.”. Their only regret is that there wasn't more fruit. The 1994 Vintage. Kristin Belair, winemaker for Honig Vineyard & Winery, summed up the growing season and harvest this way: “We had cooperative weather and problem-free fermentations which are resulting in intense, balanced wines.”. Lighter reds, like Pinot Noir, will start entering the market by late summer and early fall of next year. 2016 Napa Valley – First Impressions . I’m not specifically pulling Ron up here because I know he was simply winding me up with his usual pinch of the-way-things-are, as he does, and that he is well aware of all the arguments I’m about to put forth. 08 Apr 2020. “It is replete with the unique question of ripeness, the status of the vineyard and the urgency of weather. Rosé wines are typically the next to follow, just in time for spring and early summer sipping. Privacy Policy | Accessibility Statement | Contact Us. Even better, the 2014s will be easier to … It was absent of challenges that plagued many of the previous years, ranging from drought, low yields and heatwaves. “We brought in new equipment that did a great job of gently destemming all of our reds in a timely manner,” said Melissa Apter, winemaker at Antica Napa Valley – Antinori Family Wine Estate. Claiming its place as Wine Spectator ’s 2016 Wine of the Year, it becomes the seventh Napa Cabernet to earn our top honor since the award’s inception in 1988. The 7th edition of the Napa Vintage Report In its seventh year, the 2016 Napa Vintage Report brought together the most innovative and scientific minds to discuss the most recent vintage. 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 ... 2016 vintage description and analysis of seasonal effects on vine physiology and maturation 9.05 am. 2016 in Napa Valley. “We still do so much by hand and, when checking fermentations, by nose. Brix Restaurant Manager Jamie … North America’s 2016 vintage saw advanced harvests across the board, with some of the earliest picking dates on record. See reviews and pricing for the 2016 vintage. With local plant data the focus of the discussion, the Vintage Report dissected the previous harvest and explained results from a climatic and plant physiological perspective. While much-needed rain during the winter months helped to replenish our reservoirs, a dry spring and summer, with moderate temperatures and plenty of sunshine, led to another early harvest. Despite a year with considerable challenges and low yields, 2015 is shaping up to be a vintage of opulent, voluptuous wines with real personality and character. The gathering was the seventh iteration of the annual conference in Napa. Please contact us if you would like to receive our press releases. Aromatic white wines, like Sauvignon Blanc, will be the first Napa Valley wines to be released in early 2017. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. Granted, the existence of perfection in wine is hotly debated. 2016 offered another near-perfect vintage in Napa Valley! On review were 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wines made from grapes grown on the valley floor and benchlands. The region’s renowned Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and other red wines that require barrel aging will make their debut beginning in 2018. Two thousand sixteen is shaping up to be a fabulous vintage for Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, trailing only 2013 as the finest vintage of the decade so far. The 1985 vintage was arguably the best of the decade for Napa, and these wines continue to impress more than 30 years later. 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. There are critics, including those that have adopted the 100-point scale, that argue there can never be a 100-point wine. Many people compare Napa with Bordeaux because of the grape varieties, but in truth, Napa has more in common with Burgundy than Bordeaux when it comes to how the vineyard land is divided and how the individual bottlings/labels are done. There was no impactful rain and the grapes enjoyed a long, consistent growing season. From Wine Journal “I call it the ‘post-crush blues’ where motivation is difficult but so many details and tasks remain.”, Outside, vintners and growers are planting cover crops, installing straw in the vineyards and cleaning and putting away equipment so it’s ready for next year. The 2016 vintage was mostly excellent. We have the confidence not to do that at Robert Parker Wine Advocate. Despite the early start many regions experienced cooler ripening periods, and drought was less of a defining characteristic than last year. Other vintners are experimenting with drones that can pinpoint vine vigor and identify areas that might need special attention during the growing season. A warm spring led to early bud break and created the perfect environment for flowering and fruit set. The 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is plush and inviting, with an enticing array of brambly blackberry fruit along with raspberry sorbet notes alongside nuances of lifted violet, allspice, sweet cinnamon, clove, cedar and crushed bay leaves. From Wine Journal Nov 11, 2016. Let me start by saying that I’ve just come back from Bordeaux, where I was also tasting the 2016 vintage. Tasting the 2016s at Bryant, Pritchard Hill BY ANTONIO GALLONI | DECEMBER 29, 2016 . Seamless season of heavenly hangtime and phenomenal phenolic developmentFebruary saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Aromatic white wines, … The wines are bright, energetic and focused, with tons of character and pedigree. So, why does a small, relative whipper-snapper of a region like Napa produce more 100-point wines in a great vintage than Bordeaux does in a comparable vintage? Surely it is pointless to set a grading system with a glass ceiling keeping the top grade unobtainable and therefore the highest score a wine can achieve is an arbitrary figure somewhere below? It may be the case that there are some wine critics who try to play the numbers game and limit the number of 100-point wines to some arbitrary figure simply for the sake of conservativism, because they don’t want to give the appearance of being too generous or prone to score inflation. Robert Mondavi Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2016 1.5 Liter 2016 1.5L, California, Napa Valley $ 49.98 $ 24.99 / 750ml. The 2015 Growing Season But, at the end of the day, according to Jon Ruel, CEO of Trefethen Family Vineyards, it’s still the people who make a difference: “It is the men and women of our vineyard and winery teams that deserve the credit for crafting yet another fantastic vintage,” said Ruel. 10/27/2016 - St. Helena, CA – From Carneros to Calistoga, Napa Valley’s winemakers are smiling from ear-to-ear over what appears to be yet another great vintage in the making, according to members of the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) nonprofit trade association. ex. Is it possible that 2016 will be the fifth great vintage in a row for Napa Valley? ‘We have been spoilt for choice.’ These were the words of Johnny Symington at the launch of the 2016 Port vintage in May this year. 2016 was a no-drama vintage for growers. Most winemakers across the region are reporting superb grape quality, high yields, and low sugar concentration in the fruit. Though the vintage was a … Dramatic weather conditions, from floods to heat waves to wildfires, add up to a variable and challenging vintage. “We were able to pick as much as we needed to in a day, even more than our past maximum tonnage, and it processed the fruit faster and in a higher quality than ever before. Receive updates about Napa Valley wine and events. Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage 2016 Region California - Napa. He was reflecting on the past three harvests in the Douro Valley, which have put the Port shippers in something of a quandary.. #5 - There’s one stop for detailed information about Napa Valley’s 2016 wine grape harvest. Two thousand sixteen is shaping up to be another high quality vintage for Napa Valley. Brilliance in Napa Valley: The 2016 & 2015 Cabernets. 2015 Napa Valley – First Impressions. Vintage 2016: Score 98: Drink Window … #2 - Technology and people combined to create high quality wines. The 2018 Napa harvest ended on a high note this fall. The 2015 Napa Valley Cabernets I have tasted from barrel so far are positively stunning in their beauty. Copyright 2001-2021 The Wine Advocate, Inc, 01 Nov 2018 "Most of the vineyards I work with saw slightly below–normal crops both in terms of the number of clusters per vine and cluster size," said Celia Welch of Corra, who is also an advisor to a handful of Napa wineries. When I mentioned to winemakers in Bordeaux that I had just finished tasting around 2,000 top Napa Cabernet-based wines for the 2016 vintage, their jaws dropped. Not only do such limitations break the number one rule of wine criticism—consistency—it is simply not fair to all those wines that should have rightly earned their ranking among 100-point wines and does not do justice to the region, vintage and ultimately to the consumer. The Westin Verasa Napa, 1314 McKinstry St, Napa, CA 9455 Toggle navigation. Right now, the wine world is facing a situation where thousands of sommeliers across the US and indeed the world are out of work or soon will be. The 2016 vintage in Napa Valley was one of the earliest harvested vintages in years. Napa Valley wines from 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 are coming into the market to accolades and critical acclaim. Napa Valley delivered another exceptional vintage in 2014. The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on restaurants has been nothing short of devastating. Napa’s most difficult season in recent memory. 707.968.4210. 750 ML / 14.3% ABV. It was spared in the second most destructive wildfire season in California’s history, behind only 2020. The first wines from this harvest will be on store shelves by early next year. #3 - The grapes may be picked, but the work isn’t over yet. BY ANTONIO GALLONI I JULY 19, 2017. Thus, if the vineyards of Mouton, Lafite or Latour were subdivided like Napa and with the best parcels bottled under separate labels, in great vintages we might see multiple 100-point wines from each Château instead of maybe just one. On review were 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wines made from grapes grown on the valley floor and benchlands. Club Price. It was an El Niño year, which heavily influences weather systems, particularly in … The 2016 Napa Vintage Report took place on January 18th, 2017, at the Westin Verasa in Napa, CA. I find this a curious stance. 2014 Napa Valley – Vintage Report, Antonio Galloni, June 2015 VINTAGEREPORT Napa 2016 January 18, 2017 - 8:30AM. 2016. It's always a relief to have the crop in the winery where we begin the slower, more controlled, process of making the wines.”, Throughout Napa Valley, harvest duties have transitioned from 24-hour days and seven-day weeks in the vineyard to ‘pump-overs, punch-downs and barreling down’ in the cellar, terms that refer to the next phase of the winemaking process. $150 Retail Price. Napa Valley Trilogy: 2014, 2015 & 2016. The answer is pretty simple. Production 400 cases. In Bordeaux, a far larger region than Napa Valley, I would be tasting more like 800 top wines. To see photos, videos, reports and social media posts about Napa Valley’s 2016 harvest, visit With warm days and cool nights, our team was able to maintain ideal acid levels with optimum, bright fruit flavors. The Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit trade association has been cultivating excellence since 1944 by inspiring its more than 525 members to consistently produce wines of the highest quality, to provide environmental leadership and to care for the extraordinary place they call home. For several reasons outlined in the introduction of my report, I believe 2016 to be the best, most consistent Napa Valley vintage among a string of five great years: 2012-2016. While much-needed rain during the winter months helped to replenish our reservoirs, a dry spring and summer, with moderate temperatures and plenty of sunshine, led to another early harvest. In an average year, the top Châteaux of Bordeaux’s Médoc will produce around 15,000 to 25,000+ cases of Grand Vin composed by blending fruit from a vast area of vineyard land that encompasses upwards of 160+ acres in some cases.