It's late autumn in the Napa Valley. All the grapes have been picked. Now is the time the markets get a preview of what the 2013 crop will bear from the nation's most prolific and most prestigious wine region.
"2013 was a great crop in birth quantity and quality," said Bob Torkelson, CEO of Trinchero Family Estates, the nation's fourth-largest producer with dozens of labels like Sutter Home and Ménage à Trois. "It was up probably over 4 million tons, which is above average."
As for quality, near-perfect weather has resulted in what could be a vintage year, said Gladys Horiuchi of The Wine Institute, an association that represents more than 1,000 wineries and affiliated businesses in California. "It's exceptional."
Bottom line—better wine and more of it.