California -- Summer 2017 Report

 Summary: 

Mid-June temperatures were hot, however, ground water levels helped the vines. Coastal regions saw temperatures of 100 F (37 C), along with 110 F (43 C). Vines overall did manage to do well due to good canopies and healthy ground water; both byproducts of above average rainfall this winter and melting snow from the Sierras. 

HARVEST: 

  • 2017 (prediction): 4M tons. 
  • 2016: 4M tons. 
  • 2015: 3.7M tons.
  • 2014: 3.8M tons. 

2017 harvest looks good, but we will have to see how the weather plays through September. 

GRAPE EXPECTATIONS:

  • Pinot Grigio -- big crop. 
  • Cabernet -- additional acreage, caused market to soften slightly.
  • Pinot Noir -- supply could use an increase. 
  • Sauvignon Blanc -- low quantity for 2017
  • Malbec -- due to increase in Argentinian pricing, domestic product would see some movement.

(Information from Ciatti.)