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Vintage Charts

California/Chardonnay
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Vintage Grid Back to 1961
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Vintage CarnerosNapaSanta BarbaraSonoma Drink Rec Description
201288-9190-9385-8890-93DrinkIdeal growing season; wines are intense, with pure, ripe, vibrant flavors
201186898587DrinkCool and damp, challenging everywhere; best wines are elegant and scaled back
201088928792DrinkCool year resulted in uneven quality; best wines are tight and concentrated
200990949195DrinkCooler year showing toned-down ripeness, with more finesse and delicacy
200887928691DrinkFrost and fire didn't spoil the vintage, though quality is variable. Tight, concentrated wines
200796958996DrinkRipe, complex, balanced and ageworthy wines. Many brilliant bottles from all appellations
200690888294DrinkChallenging harvest with mixed quality and fewer gems, but hardly a washout
200583898695DrinkRestrained wines; trim and tight, with higher acidity
200492928999DrinkSonoma stars in a ripe, rich, opulent year that rivals 2002
200390898888DrinkLeaner, crisper wines than in '02 due to a challenging season, but some gems, too
200296949299Drink Sensational, fleshy, opulent wines; near perfect in Sonoma, strong in Carneros and Napa
200193878994Drink Best in Carneros and Sonoma; concentrated, with firm acidity
200096878689Drink Carneros the clear star; wines elsewhere lack depth and completeness
199989879394Drink Sonoma and Santa Barbara are tops, with rich, complex wines
199884848386Drink Lean and austere statewide; highly variable
199798969695Drink Monumental year; very ripe, opulent and complex
199696959895DrinkRivals '97 in opulence and concentration; great finesse

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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