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Napa Valley | Recent Vintage Infographic

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Learn about the best vintages from Napa Valley and what makes them so great.

Vintage - Vintage, in winemaking, is the process of picking grapes and creating the finished product—wine. A vintage wine is one made from grapes that were all, or primarily, grown and harvested in a single specified year.

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2015 - The fourth drought-influenced year in a row, plus a cold spell during flowering led to significantly lower yields.

2017 - Napa’s most difficult season in recent memory

2016 - Wines show intense fruit against the backdrop of their varying terroirs; crop still down from normal

2014 - Heavy rains in February and March gave the vines an early boost, not enough to break the drought. Early harvest.

2013 - Flawless growing season, moderate temperatures and no heat spikes or rain. A no-brainer benchmark.

2012 - Record-sized crop with many stars; a solid vintage across the board marked by a tannic spine that will age well.

2011 - Rare rainy harvest proved it can happen; few sunny spots, variable quality.

Understanding vintages is the key to success when purchasing or finding wines of value. With a basic understanding of what year yields the best wine, you will become an expert in no time.

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Napa Valley Wine Vintage ChartJeremy Djukanovich Brooklyn Natural Wine

Napa Valley Wine Vintage ChartJeremy Djukanovich Brooklyn Natural Wine

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