Vintage Charts

Vintage Score Drink Window Description
Vintage
2016
Score
90
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Erratic conditions during the growing season resulted in mildew and/or drought conditions. Leading producers made wines with good intensity in graceful, lighter-bodied frames, with Pinot Gris showing well; little or no VTs or SGNs produced
Description
Erratic conditions during the growing season resulted in mildew and/or drought conditions. Leading producers made wines with good intensity in graceful, lighter-bodied frames, with Pinot Gris showing well; little or no VTs or SGNs produced
Vintage
2015
Score
91
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Top producers countered drought conditions during the growing season to produce vibrant, balanced wines with up-front personality. Gewürztraminer excelled; little to no VTs or SGNs were produced
Description
Top producers countered drought conditions during the growing season to produce vibrant, balanced wines with up-front personality. Gewürztraminer excelled; little to no VTs or SGNs were produced
Vintage
2014
Score
88
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Successful Riesling and Pinot Gris; light-bodied and lithe in style. Gewürztraminer suffered due to the Asian fruit fly, and little to no VTs or SGNs were produced
Description
Successful Riesling and Pinot Gris; light-bodied and lithe in style. Gewürztraminer suffered due to the Asian fruit fly, and little to no VTs or SGNs were produced
Vintage
2013
Score
89
Drink Window
Drink
Description
A small crop of racy whites, but generally lighter in stature; rainy October, but top sites and producers were successful. Not a year for VTs or SGNs
Description
A small crop of racy whites, but generally lighter in stature; rainy October, but top sites and producers were successful. Not a year for VTs or SGNs
Vintage
2012
Score
90
Drink Window
Drink
Description
A reduced crop of pure and elegant whites with good ripeness. Pinot Gris excelled; favor top producers for Riesling and Gewürztraminer
Description
A reduced crop of pure and elegant whites with good ripeness. Pinot Gris excelled; favor top producers for Riesling and Gewürztraminer
Vintage
2011
Score
91
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Accessible wines; the best show balance and grape-specific flavor profiles
Description
Accessible wines; the best show balance and grape-specific flavor profiles
Vintage
2010
Score
93
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
A small crop, but top wines offer fine concentration and balance firm structure with finesse
Description
A small crop, but top wines offer fine concentration and balance firm structure with finesse
Vintage
2009
Score
94
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Lithe, lively dry wines, offering fine concentration and balance; VTs and SGNs show great purity
Description
Lithe, lively dry wines, offering fine concentration and balance; VTs and SGNs show great purity
Vintage
2008
Score
94
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Racy dry whites that pair intense acidity and backbone with pure fruit flavors; very little botrytis
Description
Racy dry whites that pair intense acidity and backbone with pure fruit flavors; very little botrytis
Vintage
2007
Score
95
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Vibrant wines with great balance, purity and overall elegance; outstanding VT and SGN
Description
Vibrant wines with great balance, purity and overall elegance; outstanding VT and SGN
Vintage
2006
Score
89
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Firm, dry wines with up-front flavors and character; high-quality VT and SGN, particularly Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris
Description
Firm, dry wines with up-front flavors and character; high-quality VT and SGN, particularly Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris
Vintage
2005
Score
94
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Ripe wines with great balancing acidity. Very good Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer and outstanding VT and SGN
Description
Ripe wines with great balancing acidity. Very good Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer and outstanding VT and SGN
Vintage
2004
Score
92
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Great clarity, finesse and balance for top wines; some are dilute as a result of high yields
Description
Great clarity, finesse and balance for top wines; some are dilute as a result of high yields
Vintage
2003
Score
88
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Exceptionally hot and dry year with little botrytis; many wines lack structure. Stick to top producers
Description
Exceptionally hot and dry year with little botrytis; many wines lack structure. Stick to top producers
Vintage
2002
Score
92
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Ripe, vibrant whites with high acidity; fine Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris, excellent VTs and SGNs
Description
Ripe, vibrant whites with high acidity; fine Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris, excellent VTs and SGNs
Vintage
2001
Score
94
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Indian summer resulted in ripe, elegant wines, some enriched by botrytis; great VTs and SGNs
Description
Indian summer resulted in ripe, elegant wines, some enriched by botrytis; great VTs and SGNs
Vintage
2000
Score
93
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Ripe and vibrant; botrytis allowed fine late-harvest wines. A great Riesling year
Description
Ripe and vibrant; botrytis allowed fine late-harvest wines. A great Riesling year

Notable older vintages: 1989, 1988



Vintage ratings: 95-100, classic; 90-94, outstanding; 85-89, very good; 80-84, good; 75-79, mediocre; 50-74, not recommended

A score range indicates preliminary analysis based on barrel samples and/or a limited sampling; many wines of the vintage not yet reviewed.

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