The 2009 vintage in Napa Valley is shaping up with some promise. It's also presenting challenges for grapegrowers and winemakers, as we have had unusual patterns of ripening. Some grapes in certain areas are maturing very quickly, while another variety growing right alongside might flatten out on its maturing curve. So this year, making excellent wine will depend on making good picking decisions. Here's what's going on with the vineyards and wines I deal with.
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