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Germany: Riesling
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Vintage Grid Back to 1961
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Vintage Score Drink Rec Description
201296Drink or holdVintners overcame a challenging vintage to deliver open-knit, fruity Rieslings supported by ripe acidity
201195Drink or holdIdeal harvest conditions delivered fruit-forward, open-knit and balanced wines with opulent flavors and textures
201093Drink or holdCool growing season led to wines full of acidity and dense flavors. Exceptionally low yields. Look to top producers
200997Drink or holdWarm, dry weather at harvest; exceptionally balanced wines, with plenty of pure fruit, minerality and creaminess
200892Drink or holdCrisp, vibrant Rieslings marked by juicy acidity and pure orchard, citrus and savory flavors; light-weights
200795Drink or holdClassically proportioned, with ripe, complex fruit and mineral flavors; density with elegance
200692Drink or holdOpulent, charming but fleshy kabinett and spätlese; terrific auslese, BA and TBA, with clean botrytis; best in Mosel; fine dry wines
200598Drink or holdLush, ripe Rieslings at all quality levels; acidity, though low in some, balances richness in most
200491Drink or holdVibrant, sleek wines from kabinett to auslese, but little botrytis and few late-harvest wines; fine Mosel and Nahe examples
200394Drink or holdRipe, opulent wines; best in Mosel, Nahe and Rheingau. Terrific BA and TBA, though not much botrytis
200293Drink or holdThe best are charming, juicy wines, from kabinett to auslese. Pfalz and Rheingau excelled
200198Drink or holdBest vintage since 1971. Ripe, healthy grapes made pure, harmonious wines at all quality levels; best in middle Mosel
200082DrinkPlagued by rain and rot, with outstanding results from a handful of growers. Variable quality; choose carefully
199990Drink or holdRich and round, with ripe but lower acidity resulting in forward, appealing wines
199889Drink or holdRipe, sleek, crisp; fine dry wines, especially in the Pfalz, and exciting ice wines
199788Drink or holdPure, clear wines with lower acidity and little botrytis; best in Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
199689Drink or holdExtremely late harvest; stunning in Rheingau. Perfumed, ripe, high in acidity; ageworthy, though stick to top producers
199588DrinkTop estates made the best wines; aromatic and fruity, with harmonious acidity
199486DrinkSolid quality, high acidity, medium extract; focus on top estates
199389DrinkGreat surprise; plenty of fruit, acidity and character; stick to top estates
199288DrinkUneven quality; some late-harvest, botrytized classics, but many soft, diluted wines
199185DrinkCrisp, racy acidity, but uneven quality
199097Drink or holdPowerful, great acidity and extract, harmonious
198992DrinkOutstanding for late-harvest, botrytized wines; others tough and unexceptional
198893DrinkBalanced, firm; best in middle Mosel
198783Past peakLight, high acidity; good
198686DrinkAromatic, elegant; best in Pfalz
198587Past peakRacy, well-structured; some problems in Rheingau, Pfalz
198474Past peakUnripe, aggressive acidity
198393Past peakVery fruity, ripe, round; little botrytis
198278Past peakDiluted, soft
198181Past peakLean, light
198065Past peakVery green, unripe, thin
197988Past peakSmall crop; well-structured
197868Past peakGreen, thin
197778Past peakLight, crisp
197696DrinkRipe, powerful; plenty of botrytis
197593DrinkGreat balance, firm structure
197466Past peakMean, no harmony, little fruit
197384Past peakRipe acidity, good fruit
197269Past peakHigh acidity, lean
197197DrinkPowerful, elegant, superb structure
Notable older vintages: 1969, 1959, 1953, 1949

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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