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Vintage Charts

California/Cabernet/Older Vintages
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Vintage Grid Back to 1961
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Vintage Score Drink Rec Description
198494Past peakRich, fruity and opulent, though early maturing
198381Past peakLean, tannic; uneven quality
198278Past peakAustere, lean and variable
198185Past peakSupple, charming
198084Past peakRipe, firm; huge crop
197988Past peakAustere , balanced, supple and elegant
197893Past peakRipe, rich and full-bodied wines
197783Past peakSmall crop of balance wines, early maturing
197680Past peakDrought dried out grapes
197588Past peakBold, ripe, complex; aged well at first
197496Past peakMonumental vintage; expressive, intense and full-blown
197386Past peakElegant and subtle; well-proportioned
197278Past peakHurt by harvest rains
197179Past peakWet harvest resulted in diluted flavors
197097Past peakLong-lived wines from a small crop
Notable older vintages: 1958, 1951, 1941, 1936

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

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

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.

SOURCE: WINE SPECTATOR


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