Morrell & Co. Wine Catalog

FALL 2015

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MORRELL FINE WINE AND SPIRITS Call 800.96.WINES (800.969.4637) • Visit us at • Complimentary delivery on all orders over $150 in NY and CT 84 F rankly, this is Napa Valley, and the best estates will always find a way to make good wine—even in the worst vintages. However, the challenges of the last few years have left Napa Cabernet lovers and collectors scurrying to secure small allocations from their favorite producers. Reports of the fantastic, even growing season and near-perfect harvest of 2012 gave us all hope. Warm, dry days followed by cool nights provided the vines with the perfect push and pull to create grapes of depth and precision. Producers were able to achieve optimal ripeness, and yields were high. This sounds like the perfect equation for consumers; but unfortunately, as amazing as 2012 really is for the best producers, there were hidden dangers to this near-perfect season. While conscientious and quality-minded producers watched crop levels and settled for lower yields, others pushed 2012 to the limits. Large crops that couldn't be picked in time, or harvests of more grapes than wineries had tanks to fill, became a problem. This has cast an uneven shadow over the vintage, but there is a silver lining—2012 really is a great vintage in Napa, and lucky for us that the top producers did the right thing, and in the end, made a fantastic set of wines. ✦ 2009, 2010, and 2011: What did all of these vintages have in common? They simply didn't live up to expectations. We've all been waiting for the next great vintage, and it looks like our wait is f nally over. napa valley 2012: The silver lining CALIFORNIA

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