2018 Vintage Characterized as “Near Perfect”

The 2018 vintage has been marked by welcomed plentiful winter rain, followed by warm summer afternoon temperatures and cool nights, for a steady and even ripening that pushed Mumm Napa’s harvest into the second week of August this year. The weather was ideal for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, which are the primary varieties used in making sparkling wine. Both are traditionally harvested at lower ripeness levels than those used to create still wine. The balanced warm afternoon and cold night temperatures provided perfect hang time for fruit to maintain optimal acidity and develop a fruit flavor complexity. Approximately 35 tons of Pinot Noir were harvested by Mumm Napa early Wednesday morning.

“This growing season has been near perfect in Napa Valley,” said winemaker Ludovic Dervin. “We’ve had prime ripening conditions, allowing for slow flavor development, as well as complexity and freshness.”

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