The 2013 Washington grape harvest begin in the hot days at the end of August. Remember how hot it was? By the end of October most of the vineyards have been picked – most. There are still some grapes on the vines. Winemakers and growers, especially in the cooler sites, leave the grapes on the vines hoping for late-harvest wines.
Late-harvest wines are made from grapes left on the vine longer than usual, allowing them to get riper and riper. The grapes lose water content to the sun, wind and possibly to botrytis. What you’re left with is pure concentration of aromas and flavors with a brilliant gold color.