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California/Pinot Noir
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Vintage Grid Back to 1961
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Vintage Anderson ValleyCarnerosSanta BarbaraSanta Lucia HighlandsSonoma Drink Rec Description
201386-8986-8985-8891-9490-93NYRAnother huge crop of uniformly exceptional quality; slow to open and ageworthy
20128987859190Drink or holdRecord-size crop with atypically firm and structured wines; best in Santa Lucia Highlands
20118687879387Drink or holdRain wreaked havoc at harvest, resulting in lighter wines of uneven quality
20108888949294Drink or holdWeather extremes tested growers, yet vintage is strong, with structured wines
20099291909497Drink or holdAlmost perfect, with scores of ripe, polished, deeply flavored wines
20088090899089Drink or holdUneven year; top wines are complex and delicate
20079388879195Drink or holdExcellent year; ideal warm, early season, with ripe, complex wines
20068882848787DrinkA cool year with a large crop; uneven ripening and some diluted wines
20059384879088Drink or holdSleek, balanced and elegant; ripe at lower alcohol levels
20049485939493Drink or holdExcellent year; warm, early year, with ripe, concentrated, deeply flavored wines
20039483888991DrinkVery good if mixed; best are rich, supple and harmonious
20028684889088DrinkVery good; dark, complex wines that have aged well
20018484868885DrinkA solid year with elegant, delicate, concentrated wines
20008581818383DrinkLean, crisp wines of good quality, with few stars
19998482818586DrinkSonoma and Monterey set the pace in a cooler year,with ripe, fleshy wines
19988081818484DrinkLean and austere statewide; highly variable
19978382828285DrinkExcellent in Sonoma, with ripe, forward wines; leaner elsewhere
1996NR82818084DrinkGood, 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.


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