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Vintage Charts

California/Pinot Noir
All Regions
Vintage Grid Back to 1961
Wallet Chart PDF

Vintage Anderson ValleyCarnerosMontereySanta BarbaraSonoma Drink Rec Description
20128687918588Drink or holdHuge crop with atypically tannic wines; best in Santa Lucia Highlands
20118687938787Drink or holdRain wreaked havoc at harvest, resulting in lighter wines of uneven quality
20108888929494Drink or holdWeather extremes tested growers, yet vintage is strong, with structured wines
20099291949097Drink or holdAlmost perfect, with scores of ripe, polished, deeply flavored wines
20088090908989Drink or holdUneven year, but the best wines are complex and delicate
20079388918795Drink or holdExcellent year; ideal warm, early season, with ripe, complex wines
20068882878487DrinkA cool year with a large crop; uneven ripening and some diluted wines
20059384908788Drink or holdSleek, balanced and elegant; ripe at lower alcohol levels
20049485949393Drink or holdExcellent year; warm, early year, with ripe, concentrated, deeply flavored wines
20039483898891DrinkVery good if mixed; best are rich, supple and harmonious
20028684908888DrinkVery good; dark, complex wines that have aged well
20018484888685DrinkA solid year with elegant, delicate, concentrated wines
20008581838183DrinkLean, crisp wines of good quality, with few stars
19998482858186DrinkSonoma and Monterey set the pace in a cooler year,with ripe, fleshy wines
19988081848184DrinkLean and austere statewide; highly variable
19978382828285DrinkExcellent in Sonoma, with ripe, forward wines; leaner elsewhere
1996NR82808184DrinkGood, but little depth outside Sonoma

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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