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Vintage CarnerosNapaSanta BarbaraSonoma Drink Rec Description
201390-9390-9385-8890-93DrinkAn exceptional year, distinct for vibrancy and density; ageworthy
201290948893DrinkIdeal 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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