Napa Valley harvest report: Flavors still developing

September 11, 2018
Stagecoach Vineyards

Atlas Peak — Gordon Waggoner, Acumen Wines — “Veraison has finished and ripening is well under way. Many blocks are over 22 Brix, with great phenolic development and complexity. Seeds are browning with good tannin maturation. We’ve been warm with ample sunshine in most areas, add to that our regular breezes to stave off mildew and cool nights to preserve natural acidity. Whites will start being brought in within the next couple weeks. Reds in some warmer sites may also be brought in during that time. 2018 is shaping up to be a stellar vintage on Atlas Peak.”