The brokerage also noted that cabernet sauvignon (599,833 tons), pinot noir (262,590 tons) and pinot gris (252,393 tons) had their largest crushes ever in 2017.
Ciatti’s analysis noted that “coming into August 2017 the crop was looking average or better than crop estimates, but continuous days of extreme heat contributed to a light crop.”
The brokerage said the effect of heat was most pronounced in chardonnay tonnages in the Lodi wine-growing region, which fell 18 percent.
Ciatti’s media release added that “demand continues for pinot noir in all districts not only in grapes, but bulk wine too.”
Ciatti said the state’s final grape crush report is scheduled to be released in early March.