If growers add a 5% surcharge for
grapes harvested above 26 Brix,
some Napa vintners may reconsider extended hang times.
Napa Valley (AVA)
Growers Weigh in on the Hangtime Debate
“(We’re looking for) a mutual understanding and a beneficial relationship. Some growers get a high price for their grapes, (but they) let you choose the watering regime and pick when you want. Now that's service. But it comes at a price.”
~ Remi Cohen, Merryvale Vineyards
November 23, 2006
If you buy Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
grapes -- or if you purchase a Napa Valley wine made from contracted or purchased fruit as opposed to one made with estate grown grapes -- expect to pay more for it, perhaps beginning with the 2007 vintage.