Tow­er­ing tri­fecta

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life -

Napa Val­ley’s top wine­mak­ers are say­ing their last three vin­tages are some of the best ever. “We think we made ex­cep­tional wines in all three vin­tages,” says Chris­tian Moueix, the owner of Domi­nus. “The 2013 is some­thing ex­tra­or­di­nary, with a dis­tinct char­ac­ter, but don’t over­look the 2012.” The 2013s and 2014s are still in bar­rel, but the 2012s have been bot­tled, and they show a re­serve and fi­nesse that was due to a warm and con­sis­tent grape-grow­ing sea­son, when the tem­per­a­tures were never in ex­cess. Napa Val­ley grape grow­ers gen­er­ally ex­pect “heat spikes” in the sum­mer when tem­per­a­tures reach more than 43 de­grees Cel­sius and grapes quickly over-ripen, but in 2012, that didn’t hap­pen. “The weather was just per­fect,” re­calls Doug Shafer, who runs Shafer Vine­yards. Randy Dunn from Dunn Vine­yards, one of the clas­sic wine­mak­ers of the area, adds, “In 2012, there weren’t any prob­lems—and the wines we have in our cel­lar are of ex­cep­tional qual­ity.”

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