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Coonawarra: Cabernet Sauvignon
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Vintage Grid Back to 1961
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Vintage Score Drink Rec Description
201692-95NYRAt first the year looked to be warm, dry and early, but a cooling trend before harvest should result in elegant wines
201592Drink or holdA dry growing season with the potential for powerful wines
201491Drink or holdLow yields and long growing season led to ripe flavors and deft balance
201390Drink or holdWarm temperatures got everything ripe, making for rich wines
201295Drink or holdTextbook conditions, with a long harvest, let vintners achieve what they wanted
201181DrinkRipeness rare thanks to cold summer and rain at harvest
201091Drink or holdEarly vintage shows refreshing balance, expressive flavors
200990Drink or holdCoped better with heat than warmer areas
200890DrinkMarch heat waves did little harm
200789DrinkSmall yields, but riper than usual
200686DrinkSome wines seem green
200593DrinkRich and generous due to warm season
200491DrinkLong growing season made wines of depth
200394DrinkRipe, intense wines with fine balance
200284DrinkCool vintage made some tart, hard wines
200190DrinkBig yields left some wines tasting green, but the best are fine
200089Past peakRains stayed away and the wines have ripe flavors
199990DrinkWines have pure flavors and fine balance
199892DrinkGenerosity and ripeness characterize this strong vintage
199790DrinkWarmer temperatures, riper than average flavors
199697DrinkIdeal conditions; great ripe Cabernets

Vintage ratings: 95-100, classic; 90-94, outstanding; 85-89, very good; 80-84, good; 75-79, mediocre; 50-74, not recommended

A score range indicates preliminary analysis based on barrel samples and/or a limited sampling; many wines of the vintage not yet reviewed.

Drinkability: "NYR" means the vintage has not yet been released; "drink" means most of the wines of the vintage are ready to drink; "hold" means most of the ageworthy wines have yet to fully mature; "past peak" means most of the wines are declining rather than improving.


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