|2012||87||Drink or hold||What began as a hot vintage finished with unusually heavy rains in February and cool and cloudy conditions in March, delaying harvest up to two weeks|
|2011||91||Drink or hold||Challenging vintage, with frost, high winds, hail, drought, cold and rain; yet naturally low yields and warm Indian summer yielded ripe fruit balanced with fresh acidity|
|2010||89||Drink or hold||Cool and cloudy; spring frost reduced yields in some areas, but a late harvest allowed the remaining grapes to evenly mature, with slightly lower alcohol levels|
|2009||88||Drink or hold||Growing season marked by La Niña; warm and very dry, with a heat spike during veraison, though Malbec tolerated it well. Whites less consistent; yields low|
|2008||86||Drink or hold||Cool, wet weather in first half of season; late April frost hit crop hard in parts of Mendoza. Some successes, but reds picked after frost can be off-kilter; choose carefully|
|2007||88||Drink or hold||Up-and-down season, with hail, cold and rain; wines have lower alcohols and softer tannins. Late-ripening spots in Mendoza (La Consulta, Altamira) strongest|
|2006||91||Drink||Cool but dry season, with harvest stretching into April and May. Consistent for all major varieties; top Malbecs show excellent purity, balance and poise|
|2005||90||Drink||Cool temperatures early in the season led to reduced yields, but warm, dry March and April helped ripen grapes; late-ripening Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon excelled|
|2004||90||Drink||Warm, dry season with Malbec the star; some heavy rains late in the season led to variable Cabernet Sauvignon|
|2003||91||Drink||February heat wave during a long, dry season led to some inconsistencies, but Malbec excellent|
|2002||94||Drink||Stellar growing season with optimal harvest conditions yielded racy, ripe fruit. Best vintage in a generation, with all varieties performing well|
|2001||87||Drink||Cool growing season, with the harvest dampened by some rain. Cabernet Sauvignon generally better than Malbec|
|2000||86||Past peak||Cool and wet, but a long growing season allowed for a late-ripening harvest. Malbec generally better than Cabernet Sauvignon|
|1999||90||Past peak||Dry, sunny growing season; small crop of ripe, concentrated reds with rich tannins|
|1998||75||Past peak||Harvest decimated by El Niño rains; many producers didn't release wines|
|1997||88||Past peak||Drought year produced concentrated, burly reds|
Note: Most Argentinean white wines should be drunk on release.
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