Vintage Charts

Vintage Score Drink Window Description
Vintage
2018
Score
93
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
A rainy spring and July storms led to swollen berries by harvest, yet cool weather in September resulted in fine ripening; the best are aromatic, elegant and fresh (See all ratings)

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Description
A rainy spring and July storms led to swollen berries by harvest, yet cool weather in September resulted in fine ripening; the best are aromatic, elegant and fresh (See all ratings)

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Vintage
2017
Score
92
Drink Window
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Description
Spring and summer were warm, but especially dry, with slightly more rain in the north; the best wines are balanced and fresh for enjoying over the near term (See all ratings)

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Description
Spring and summer were warm, but especially dry, with slightly more rain in the north; the best wines are balanced and fresh for enjoying over the near term (See all ratings)

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Vintage
2016
Score
99
Drink Window
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Description
Textbook growing season resulted in wines of finesse and elegance, balance and harmony, with mostly red fruit flavors. Ideal weather in September preserved acidity (See all ratings)

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Description
Textbook growing season resulted in wines of finesse and elegance, balance and harmony, with mostly red fruit flavors. Ideal weather in September preserved acidity (See all ratings)

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Vintage
2015
Score
97
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
A warm but not overly hot summer, with adequate rain and healthy fruit, resulted in ripe, rich Brunellos, dense with tannins; the best have the acidity to age long term (See all ratings)

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Description
A warm but not overly hot summer, with adequate rain and healthy fruit, resulted in ripe, rich Brunellos, dense with tannins; the best have the acidity to age long term (See all ratings)

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Vintage
2014
Score
89
Drink Window
Drink
Description
A cool, wet season with lack of sun made full ripening difficult; small crop, with many producers declassifying Brunello (See all ratings)

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Description
A cool, wet season with lack of sun made full ripening difficult; small crop, with many producers declassifying Brunello (See all ratings)

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Vintage
2013
Score
95
Drink Window
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Description
A late start to the growing season led to a late harvest of mostly elegant, balanced Brunellos with vibrant structures (See all ratings)

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Description
A late start to the growing season led to a late harvest of mostly elegant, balanced Brunellos with vibrant structures (See all ratings)

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Vintage
2012
Score
96
Drink Window
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Description
Extreme weather produced rich, concentrated wines with ripe fruit and freshness; the best have the structure to age (See all ratings)

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Description
Extreme weather produced rich, concentrated wines with ripe fruit and freshness; the best have the structure to age (See all ratings)

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Vintage
2011
Score
91
Drink Window
Drink
Description
A warm year with a heat spike in August, producing forward wines with ample fruit. The best are lively and balanced; ripe and dense in the south (See all ratings)

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Description
A warm year with a heat spike in August, producing forward wines with ample fruit. The best are lively and balanced; ripe and dense in the south (See all ratings)

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Vintage
2010
Score
98
Drink Window
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Description
Perfect late summer weather resulted in ideal ripening for Sangiovese; wines are fresh, elegant, balanced and structured, with ample ripe fruit flavors. The best should age beautifully (See all ratings)

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Description
Perfect late summer weather resulted in ideal ripening for Sangiovese; wines are fresh, elegant, balanced and structured, with ample ripe fruit flavors. The best should age beautifully (See all ratings)

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Vintage
2009
Score
89
Drink Window
Drink
Description
A warm summer gave elegant, fruity and balanced wines in the north; denser and more muscular in the south (See all ratings)
Description
A warm summer gave elegant, fruity and balanced wines in the north; denser and more muscular in the south (See all ratings)
Vintage
2008
Score
91
Drink Window
Drink
Description
A cool growing season with rain at harvest; those who waited produced aromatic, balanced and elegant wines (See all ratings)
Description
A cool growing season with rain at harvest; those who waited produced aromatic, balanced and elegant wines (See all ratings)
Vintage
2007
Score
93
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Hotter and riper than 2006; fruit-forward, rich and elegant, offering immediate charm and softer structures (See all ratings)
Description
Hotter and riper than 2006; fruit-forward, rich and elegant, offering immediate charm and softer structures (See all ratings)
Vintage
2006
Score
95
Drink Window
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Description
Complex and powerful wines that impress with ripe yet fresh fruit, firm, dense structures and fine balance (See all ratings)
Description
Complex and powerful wines that impress with ripe yet fresh fruit, firm, dense structures and fine balance (See all ratings)
Vintage
2005
Score
89
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Rains during the harvest damped what could have been an amazing year, but still a very good vintage. Many wines for early drinking (See all ratings)
Description
Rains during the harvest damped what could have been an amazing year, but still a very good vintage. Many wines for early drinking (See all ratings)
Vintage
2004
Score
97
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Wonderfully perfumed, majestically refined Brunellos with an excellent balance of fruit and refined tannins. Reducing yields was key to quality (See all ratings)
Description
Wonderfully perfumed, majestically refined Brunellos with an excellent balance of fruit and refined tannins. Reducing yields was key to quality (See all ratings)
Vintage
2003
Score
88
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Rich, powerful and thick; some wines lack focus (See all ratings)
Description
Rich, powerful and thick; some wines lack focus (See all ratings)
Vintage
2002
Score
78
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
A wet growing season and harvest made mediocre wines (See all ratings)
Description
A wet growing season and harvest made mediocre wines (See all ratings)
Vintage
2001
Score
98
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Great wines with wonderful structure, focus and balance; better than from barrel (See all ratings)
Description
Great wines with wonderful structure, focus and balance; better than from barrel (See all ratings)
Vintage
2000
Score
88
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Aromatic, soft; for early drinking (See all ratings)
Description
Aromatic, soft; for early drinking (See all ratings)
Vintage
1999
Score
97
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Generous, tannic and fruity; velvety in texture (See all ratings)
Description
Generous, tannic and fruity; velvety in texture (See all ratings)
Vintage
1998
Score
91
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Perfumed, harmonious and delicious (See all ratings)
Description
Perfumed, harmonious and delicious (See all ratings)
Vintage
1997
Score
96
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Extremely aromatic; structured and racy (See all ratings)
Description
Extremely aromatic; structured and racy (See all ratings)
Vintage
1996
Score
85
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Fruity and aromatic, but slightly diluted (See all ratings)
Description
Fruity and aromatic, but slightly diluted (See all ratings)
Vintage
1995
Score
92
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Structured and firm, yet fruity; very good indeed (See all ratings)
Description
Structured and firm, yet fruity; very good indeed (See all ratings)

Notable older vintages: 1990, 1988, 1985



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