LOTS of Merlot
Here’s the skinny on what I’ve been hearing about the upcoming harvest on the North Coast:
LOTS OF PINOT HANGING IN THE VINEYARDS
LOTS OF MERLOT HANGING IN THE VINEYARDS
LOTS = Wow…that’s a lot of grapes you’ve got there.
One story that’s being passed around in Sonoma is that an Alexander Valley Grower with lots of Merlot planted dropped his price for the crop to $350 a ton. That’s nothing….And no one is buying it. And we aren’t talking about poor grapes either.
As a friend said to me recently, "you’re going to be seeing lots of merlot in your 2006 Zinfandel, in you 2006 Cabernet, in your 2006 White Zinfandel, in your Syrah and in just about any other red wine."
Last year’s harvest was said to be very very big. But it wasn’t big for all the varietals. We don’t know yet what this year’s total tonnage of grapes will be since the harvest has just started. But….there will be LOTS of merlot.