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Ciatti California Report October 2018

October 11, 2018

"There are bulk wine buying opportunities on high quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from all appellations of the state, as well as Central Coast and Central Valley Pinot Grigio. Prices are softening. There continues to be grapes available from the Coastal regions. Oregon can offer competitively-priced, good quality Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio wines" "Overall, California is halfway through harvest: wineries in the Central Valley are between 55-75% complete, while those in the Coast are approximately 40-60% complete. The start of October brought overcast skies and patchy - then significant - rainfall to some areas, raising humidity concerns. Cooler than normal conditions through the growing season have elongated the harvest period so that a decent amount of thin-skinned, rot-susceptible varietals are still on the vine ..."