France’s Northern Rhône Valley, where normally poker-faced vignerons are smiling from ear to ear. They report a growing season that was as hot as 2003 at times, but with cool nights and well-timed rains that produced very promising wines.
The Good News: 2015 looks like a vintage with serious potential.
The Bad News: So far, none. Even yields are in the normal range.
Promising Grapes: Syrah, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier all excelled.
Analysis: Early reports from winemakers throughout the Northern Rhône Valley indicate a potentially classic vintage. The growing season went without a hitch, late-seasons rains were well-timed and yields were in the normal range. Even producers not known for hyperbole wore cat-ate-the-canary grins as they finished picking grapes.
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