Vintage Charts

Vintage Napa Sonoma Drink Window Description
Vintage
2018
Napa
89–92
Sonoma
93–96
Drink Window
NYR
Description

Nearly ideal growing season, with generally rich and structured wines that are also consumer-friendly

Description

Nearly ideal growing season, with generally rich and structured wines that are also consumer-friendly

Vintage
2017
Napa
90
Sonoma
91
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description

Hot and unusually dry growing season led to wildfires in October; ripe wines with variable quality

Description

Hot and unusually dry growing season led to wildfires in October; ripe wines with variable quality

Vintage
2016
Napa
92
Sonoma
95
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Akin to the 2015s, with the best showing polish and plush textures
Description
Akin to the 2015s, with the best showing polish and plush textures
Vintage
2015
Napa
92
Sonoma
94
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Jammed with fruit; more concentrated and ageable than 2014
Description
Jammed with fruit; more concentrated and ageable than 2014
Vintage
2014
Napa
93
Sonoma
94
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Fresh and fruit-forward but balanced and complex
Description
Fresh and fruit-forward but balanced and complex
Vintage
2013
Napa
91
Sonoma
92
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Lively but concentrated wines with good structure built for long-term drinking
Description
Lively but concentrated wines with good structure built for long-term drinking
Vintage
2012
Napa
89
Sonoma
91
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Fruit-forward, soft and approachable
Description
Fruit-forward, soft and approachable
Vintage
2011
Napa
89
Sonoma
88
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Variable quality; best wines are structured and vibrant
Description
Variable quality; best wines are structured and vibrant
Vintage
2010
Napa
88
Sonoma
88
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Tough growing season; quality varies, but many flavorful, well-balanced wines
Description
Tough growing season; quality varies, but many flavorful, well-balanced wines
Vintage
2009
Napa
92
Sonoma
92
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Long, cool season; wines are balanced and elegant, with typically modest alcohol levels
Description
Long, cool season; wines are balanced and elegant, with typically modest alcohol levels
Vintage
2008
Napa
94
Sonoma
93
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Eccentric growing season, but wines show surprising richness and balance
Description
Eccentric growing season, but wines show surprising richness and balance
Vintage
2007
Napa
92
Sonoma
91
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Growing season was ideal; wines are supple and elegantly ripe, but with good backbone
Description
Growing season was ideal; wines are supple and elegantly ripe, but with good backbone
Vintage
2006
Napa
90
Sonoma
90
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Top wines are fruit-forward, elegant and balanced; well-structured
Description
Top wines are fruit-forward, elegant and balanced; well-structured
Vintage
2005
Napa
91
Sonoma
89
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Complex, well-structured wines with tannins built for aging
Description
Complex, well-structured wines with tannins built for aging
Vintage
2004
Napa
85
Sonoma
86
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Warm year produced jammy wines; ripeness often over the top
Description
Warm year produced jammy wines; ripeness often over the top


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