Storm Clouds, Silver Lining

A rain-dampened 2011 vintage for California Chardonnay results in lighter-style wines
James Laube
Issue: July 31, 2013

Winemakers have to play the cards they're dealt. With 2011 California Chardonnay, that meant making rigorous grape and juice selections after Mother Nature delivered copious autumn rainfall in many areas, resulting in the most challenging harvest in decades. Many growers lost nearly half their crop in the deluge, putting a serious crimp on volume. Wine Spectator's James Laube explains.

For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands July 2, 2013.

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