2008 Crush: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon Crash; Chardonnay Off Slightly. Other Surprising Gains and Losses

February 10, 2009

UPDATE: Merlot drop added, 4:23 p.m. Tuesday. The 2008 California Crush Report shows some surprising losers and gainers with Merlot tonnage down 25.93 percent and Cabernet Sauvignon’s dropping 23.6-percent. Among the major varietals,  only Carignane dropped more, with a 49.2-percent decline. Syrah, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel also declined. Chardonnay, the most popular white
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2 thoughts on “2008 Crush: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon Crash; Chardonnay Off Slightly. Other Surprising Gains and Losses

  1. lperdue says:

    Via email, Marina and Greg Keezer wrote:
    Lewis
    Although some Cab growers decided to graft over last year the biggest culprit to the decline was the April frost. I lost over 90% of my crop last year (18-20 tons average, in 2008 I harvested only 1200 pounds total for 6 planted acres).
    Greg Keezer
    Gremark Vineyards, Paso Robles

  2. lperdue says:

    Via email, Bill Cooper, Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards,
    wrote:

    I think that also looking at price change and total revenue (such as can be calculated from the numbers: average price times total tons) tells a different story: if you sold Cab Sauvignon or Carignane you should be pleased, while Tempranillo price dropped 20% (supply and demand?) Same trend in whites where decreased crush had increased $/ton.

    < Bill attached his edits to the Excel spreadsheet>

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