The Columbia Valley cycled through cool and warm months at the start of the growing season. April was cool, delaying bud break slightly. Then May was one of the warmest on record, advancing bloom. This was followed by a cooler-than-average June.
Bloom was notably fast and even, contributing to a larger crop size that required extensive thinning.
In some cases, particularly Merlot in some locations, berry size and cluster size were larger than
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