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Vintage NapaSonoma Drink Rec Description
201289-9287-90NYRLong, warm growing season led to rich, ripe and easy-drinking wines
20118783Drink or holdRainy and cool year; many wines have hard tannins
20108784Drink or holdExtremely cool season; many wines are herbal and have unripe tannins
20099486Drink or holdIdeal season; best wines show balance, structure and lively acidity
20088985DrinkCool year with uneven ripening; a mixed bag
20078985DrinkGreat promise in Napa, with rich and elegant wines; Sonoma offers value
20069285DrinkInconsistent; best are rich and supple, but many are lean and herbal
20058989DrinkTop wines are elegant and well-focused, with ripeness achieved at lower alcohol levels
20048788DrinkThe best are supple, rich and complex; a step above the 2003s
20038580Past peakTight and tannic wines; best to decant
20028981Past peakAbout as good as it gets in Napa, with Sonoma lagging
20018783Past peakGood, but not on par with '01 Cabernet
20008380Past peakMixed in both regions
19998781Past peakOne of the best for Napa; ordinary for Sonoma
19988279Past peakMarked by lean, hollow wines
19978686Past peakRipe, opulent and supple wines
19968882Past peakBest overall for Napa, with rich, structured wines

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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