California's record 2012 wine grape harvest made headlines earlier this month, but pinot noir set its own mark.
The state's pinot noir crop was a record 247,000 tons, up 45 percent from 2011, said the San Rafael-based Ciatti Co., which bills itself as the world's largest bulk wine and grape brokerage.
The Ciatti Co. said the 2012 crop saw "yields per ton on pinot noir in many areas that were not thought possible."
The brokerage said pinot noir crops were up 85 percent year-over-year in Monterey and Sonoma counties. High yields also were reported in the Napa, Sonoma and Lodi growing regions.
Ciatti also said the 2012 cabernet crop, at 495,622 tons, was the largest since 2005.
The overall 2012 grape crush in the state was nearly 4.4 million tons, the California Department of Food and Agriculture announced recently. That was 1 percent higher than the previous record set in 2005.