USA; Napa growers burnt by heat spike

By Larry Walker | 20 June 2001

Growers in Napa, already facing an estimated $5m loss in the Chardonnay crop to frost damage in April, have taken another hit from Mother Nature. Three days of extreme heat, with temperatures spiking at 102 degrees Fahrenheit hit the vineyards in late May, scorching the blooms on late flowering Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Growers in Napa, already facing an estimated $5m loss in the Chardonnay crop to frost damage in April, have taken another hit from Mother Nature. Three days of extreme heat, with temperatures spiking at 102 degrees Fahrenheit hit the vineyards in late May, scorching the blooms on late flowering Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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