It’s a wrap. The 2016 fruit is in, and what an exceptional vintage it turned out to be. We asked a few of our Valley veterans to weigh in on the 2016 crop and their excitement was palpable.
“Moderate temperatures in early summer set the stage for a great harvest in 2016. Although we picked a bit later than last year, flavors were fully developed at lower sugars. We feel that the 2016 wines already have the backbone to age amazingly well!” – Katie Madigan, St. Francis Winery & Vineyards
“The 2016 harvest season was ideal in many ways. Mother Nature was a rock star. There were many warm, dry days throughout allowing for exceptional phenolic maturity in the skins, seeds, and juice. The vines produced average yields and with the outstanding wines on the horizon it left us all wanting more.” – Steve Sangiacomo, Sangiacomo Family Vineyards
“We work with as many as fourteen different varietals, from Viognier to Orange Muscat to Cabernet Sauvignon, and across the board I have been very impressed with the 2016 harvest. There is a depth and complexity of flavors alongside bright acidity levels that give the fruit an amazing radiance. The synergy between those elements is going to give us the building blocks for some amazing wines. We’re excited!” – Tom Meadowcroft, Meadowcroft Wines
To celebrate an amazing growing season, we’ve done our best to bring together a few of our favorite images from the 2016 harvest. So scroll around to get a sense of the action. It’s a way to get a feel for harvest without having to pull a few weeks worth of all-nighters in the vineyards.