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Vintage NapaSonoma Drink Rec Description
201491-9492-95NYRFresh and fruit-forward but balanced and complex
20139192Drink or holdLively but concentrated wines with good structure built for long-term drinking
20128991Drink or holdFruit-forward, soft and approachable
20118988Drink or holdVariable quality; best wines are structured and vibrant
20108888Drink or holdTough growing season; quality varies, but many flavorful, well-balanced wines
20099292Drink or holdLong, cool season; wines are balanced and elegant, with typically modest alcohol levels
20089493DrinkEccentric growing season, but wines show surprising richness and balance
20079291DrinkGrowing season was ideal; wines are supple and elegantly ripe, but with good backbone
20069090Drink or holdTop wines are fruit-forward, elegant and balanced; well-structured
20059189Drink or holdComplex, well-structured wines with tannins built for aging
20048586DrinkWarm year produced jammy wines; ripeness often over the top
20038686DrinkWines are balanced and easy to drink, but lack staying power
20028686DrinkSolid in both areas, with ripe, complex wines
20018787DrinkExcellent structure and depth; some quirky wines
20008183Past peakCool year; many green, underripe efforts
19998685Past peakCool vintage, but longer hang-time added depth to many wines
19988383Past peakCool pushing cold for much of the year; tough, tannic wines
19978987DrinkA big crop, but plenty of ripeness, playing to Zin's strength
19968785Past peakShould have been better given the climatic conditions
19959392DrinkBrilliant fruit; ripe, complex, intense, balanced
19949486Past peakSuperior in Napa; dark, rich and concentrated

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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