I expected 2007 to be a great year for California wine, and indeed it's shaping up that way across the board for all varietals.
Tim Fish has tasted some amazing 2007 Zinfandels. MaryAnn Worobiec has been seeing wonderful Sauvignons. The Chardonnays have been exceptional. And I’m now seeing some sensational 2007 Pinots. I now expect this will be the best vintage yet for California Pinot. The more wines I taste, the better I like the vintage. The wines are ripe and fleshy, but not pushing the ripeness too far.
What separates the truly great years from this best is that the top producers make grand wines, and wineries that normally produce good to very good wines rise up a notch or two. As the saying goes, "a rising tide lifts all boats" -- or, in this case, all wines.
What made 2007 so good is that once the the winter rains stopped, spring was dry, the set was good and winegrowers were able to farm the vineyards the way they wanted to. The growing season was dry, warm and mild, with a harvest that came off with few hitches.
Scott McLeod of Rubicon was the first to share his insights, two years ago, as to why 2007 would be special, and it looks as though he was right on the money with his prediction.
Russell Bevan — Sonoma Mountain — April 24, 2009 1:48pm ET
James Laube — Napa, CA — April 24, 2009 5:02pm ET
Troy Peterson — Burbank, CA — April 24, 2009 5:41pm ET
Don R Wagner — Illinois — April 25, 2009 10:54am ET
Scott Collier — Texas — April 25, 2009 11:05am ET
Ted A Hunt — Fort Lauderdale, Fl — April 25, 2009 6:36pm ET
Larry Schaffer — central coast, ca — April 27, 2009 2:56am ET
Mark Antonio — Tokyo — April 27, 2009 6:24am ET
Emh Vineyards — Calistoga, CA — April 27, 2009 3:38pm ET
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