Vintage Charts

Argentina

Argentina/Mendoza

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Vintage Score Drink Window Description
Vintage
2020
Score
NYR
Drink Window
NYR
Description

A challenging vintage, with late spring frosts reducing yields and a warm, dry summer causing accelerated ripening. Those who picked before overripening set in made wines with good concentration and freshness

Description

A challenging vintage, with late spring frosts reducing yields and a warm, dry summer causing accelerated ripening. Those who picked before overripening set in made wines with good concentration and freshness

Vintage
2019
Score
94
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description

Slightly cooler than normal weather yields wines with concentrated flavors; vintners report a crop that’s a bit smaller than 2018, with young wines showing remarkable intensity.

Description

Slightly cooler than normal weather yields wines with concentrated flavors; vintners report a crop that’s a bit smaller than 2018, with young wines showing remarkable intensity.

Vintage
2018
Score
93
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description

Nearly ideal growing conditions deliver well-structured wines that feature fine-grained tannins and ripe fruit flavors; harvest yields return after a series of short vintages

Description

Nearly ideal growing conditions deliver well-structured wines that feature fine-grained tannins and ripe fruit flavors; harvest yields return after a series of short vintages

Vintage
2017
Score
92
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description

A return to characteristically dry weather delivers intensely flavored grapes, but yields are low due to a spring frost; refined, terroir-driven Malbec-based wines, especially in prime districts in the Uco Valley

Description

A return to characteristically dry weather delivers intensely flavored grapes, but yields are low due to a spring frost; refined, terroir-driven Malbec-based wines, especially in prime districts in the Uco Valley

Vintage
2016
Score
84
Drink Window
Drink
Description

Lower-alcohol and higher-acidity wines dominate in another cool, wet vintage, with dramatically lower yields in Mendoza and Salta. The best are fresh and juicy

Description

Lower-alcohol and higher-acidity wines dominate in another cool, wet vintage, with dramatically lower yields in Mendoza and Salta. The best are fresh and juicy

Vintage
2015
Score
85
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Wetter than 2014, with botrytis rot in some vineyards, hitting Cabernet Sauvignon the hardest; better for white wines
Description
Wetter than 2014, with botrytis rot in some vineyards, hitting Cabernet Sauvignon the hardest; better for white wines
Vintage
2014
Score
87
Drink Window
Drink
Description

Late-season rains proved challenging for vintners; diligent work in the vineyards resulted in some high quality releases; Salta succeeded

Description

Late-season rains proved challenging for vintners; diligent work in the vineyards resulted in some high quality releases; Salta succeeded

Vintage
2013
Score
90
Drink Window
Drink
Description

Cool weather produced fresh wines, with balanced acidity and tannins; lower alcohol levels

Description

Cool weather produced fresh wines, with balanced acidity and tannins; lower alcohol levels

Vintage
2012
Score
87
Drink Window
Drink
Description

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

Description

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

Vintage
2011
Score
91
Drink Window
Drink
Description

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

Description

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

Vintage
2010
Score
89
Drink Window
Past peak
Description

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

Description

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

Vintage
2009
Score
88
Drink Window
Past peak
Description

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

Description

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

Vintage
2008
Score
86
Drink Window
Past peak
Description

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

Description

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

Vintage
2007
Score
88
Drink Window
Past peak
Description

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

Description

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

Vintage
2006
Score
91
Drink Window
Past peak
Description

Cool but dry season, with harvest stretching into April and May. Consistent for all major varieties; top Malbecs show excellent purity, balance and poise

Description

Cool but dry season, with harvest stretching into April and May. Consistent for all major varieties; top Malbecs show excellent purity, balance and poise

Vintage
2005
Score
90
Drink Window
Past peak
Description

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

Description

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

Vintage
2004
Score
90
Drink Window
Past peak
Description

Warm, dry season with Malbec the star; some heavy rains late in the season led to variable Cabernet Sauvignon

Description

Warm, dry season with Malbec the star; some heavy rains late in the season led to variable Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage
2003
Score
91
Drink Window
Past peak
Description

February heat wave during a long, dry season led to some inconsistencies, but Malbec excellent

Description

February heat wave during a long, dry season led to some inconsistencies, but Malbec excellent

Vintage
2002
Score
94
Drink Window
Past peak
Description

Stellar growing season with optimal harvest conditions yielded racy, ripe fruit. Best vintage in a generation, with all varieties performing well

Description

Stellar growing season with optimal harvest conditions yielded racy, ripe fruit. Best vintage in a generation, with all varieties performing well

Vintage
2001
Score
87
Drink Window
Past peak
Description

Cool growing season, with the harvest dampened by some rain. Cabernet Sauvignon generally better than Malbec

Description

Cool growing season, with the harvest dampened by some rain. Cabernet Sauvignon generally better than Malbec

Vintage
2000
Score
86
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Cool and wet, but a long growing season allowed for a late-ripening harvest. Malbec generally better than Cabernet Sauvignon
Description
Cool and wet, but a long growing season allowed for a late-ripening harvest. Malbec generally better than Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage
1999
Score
90
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Dry, sunny growing season; small crop of ripe, concentrated reds with rich tannins
Description
Dry, sunny growing season; small crop of ripe, concentrated reds with rich tannins
Vintage
1998
Score
75
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Harvest decimated by El Niño rains; many producers didn't release wines
Description
Harvest decimated by El Niño rains; many producers didn't release wines
Vintage
1997
Score
88
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Drought year produced concentrated, burly reds
Description
Drought year produced concentrated, burly reds

Note: Most Argentinean white wines should be drunk on release.



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