Each year brings with it a unique vintage, and vintners and growers often reflect back on those vintages that leave behind a story to tell. With most of Anderson Valley fruit picked before October 1st, 2021, buzz is building and we are expecting a great vintage!
Apart from the winter freeze that may have damaged some young or unhealthy vines (and may require replanting), lower yields can potentially benefit winemakers. When water is scarce, the vines dig deep in search of it, this journey develops character along the way. Striking a balance at time of harvest is always difficult, and the conditions of the year lead to a concentration of flavor, sugar, and acid. The early reports from winemakers are that they are excited about what the vintage has yielded.
The 2021 vintage is expected to be one of high quality and producers are excited to debut white wines beginning in the spring of 2022, and Pinot Noir one year later. Often, the first chance to taste the vintage is at the annual Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival, which occurs the third weekend of May.
~ Courtney DeGraff, Executive Director of the Anderson Valley Winegrowers