The 2016 vintage in Washington was a convening of many auspicious events.
In late spring, early summer, the weather provided ideal conditions for fruit set. Clusters set at greater weight and density than in any vintage in recent memory.
A warm, but not exceedingly hot summer, allowed clusters to form and supporting canopies to shade and protect fruit during heat spikes.
As they say in Champagne, September makes the wine, and this could be well said of the harvest in Washington. Temperatures cooled into the 70s, right on schedule at Labor Day, and winemakers were allowed to make qualitative picking decisions, instead of rushing into decisions forced by accelerated ripening.
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