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Vintage NapaSonoma Drink Rec Description
201488-9187-90NYRWines are plush and fairly ripe; easy to drink
20139088Drink or holdSunny weather and a long growing season led to fruit-forward wines
20129189Drink or holdLong, warm growing season made supple wines with ripe, rich flavors
20118783DrinkRainy and cool year; many wines have hard tannins, herbal flavors
20108784DrinkExtremely cool season; many wines are herbal and have unripe tannins
20099486Drink or holdIdeal season; best wines show balance, structure and lively acidity
20088985DrinkTop producers made superior wines while others struggled in a cool year
20078985DrinkSupple and appealing wines from Napa; 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.


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