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Vintage CarnerosNapaSanta BarbaraSonoma Drink Window Description
Vintage
2016
Carneros
90
Napa
89
Santa Barbara
89
Sonoma
90
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Description
Solid but variable year; fine quality in Sonoma and Santa Barbara
Description
Solid but variable year; fine quality in Sonoma and Santa Barbara
Vintage
2015
Carneros
90
Napa
89
Santa Barbara
90
Sonoma
90
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Description
Sonoma strong again in another drought year; elegant and refined in style
Description
Sonoma strong again in another drought year; elegant and refined in style
Vintage
2014
Carneros
92
Napa
92
Santa Barbara
87
Sonoma
92
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Description
Drought produced spartan crop; fine quality, with yields the only disappointment
Description
Drought produced spartan crop; fine quality, with yields the only disappointment
Vintage
2013
Carneros
93
Napa
93
Santa Barbara
88
Sonoma
93
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Description
An exceptional year, distinct for vibrancy and density; ageworthy
Description
An exceptional year, distinct for vibrancy and density; ageworthy
Vintage
2012
Carneros
90
Napa
94
Santa Barbara
88
Sonoma
93
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Description
Ideal growing season; wines are intense, with pure, ripe, vibrant flavors
Description
Ideal growing season; wines are intense, with pure, ripe, vibrant flavors
Vintage
2011
Carneros
86
Napa
89
Santa Barbara
85
Sonoma
87
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Description
Cool and damp, challenging everywhere; best wines are elegant and scaled back
Description
Cool and damp, challenging everywhere; best wines are elegant and scaled back
Vintage
2010
Carneros
88
Napa
92
Santa Barbara
87
Sonoma
92
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Description
Cool year resulted in uneven quality; best wines are tight and concentrated
Description
Cool year resulted in uneven quality; best wines are tight and concentrated
Vintage
2009
Carneros
90
Napa
94
Santa Barbara
91
Sonoma
95
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Description
Cooler year showing toned-down ripeness, with more finesse and delicacy
Description
Cooler year showing toned-down ripeness, with more finesse and delicacy
Vintage
2008
Carneros
87
Napa
92
Santa Barbara
86
Sonoma
91
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Description
Frost and fire didn't spoil the vintage, though quality is variable. Tight, concentrated wines
Description
Frost and fire didn't spoil the vintage, though quality is variable. Tight, concentrated wines
Vintage
2007
Carneros
96
Napa
95
Santa Barbara
89
Sonoma
96
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Description
Ripe, complex, balanced and ageworthy wines; many brilliant bottles from all appellations
Description
Ripe, complex, balanced and ageworthy wines; many brilliant bottles from all appellations
Vintage
2006
Carneros
90
Napa
88
Santa Barbara
82
Sonoma
94
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Description
Challenging harvest with mixed quality and fewer gems, but hardly a washout
Description
Challenging harvest with mixed quality and fewer gems, but hardly a washout
Vintage
2005
Carneros
83
Napa
89
Santa Barbara
86
Sonoma
95
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Description
Restrained wines; trim and tight, with higher acidity
Description
Restrained wines; trim and tight, with higher acidity
Vintage
2004
Carneros
92
Napa
92
Santa Barbara
89
Sonoma
99
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Description
Sonoma stars in a ripe, rich, opulent year that rivals 2002
Description
Sonoma stars in a ripe, rich, opulent year that rivals 2002
Vintage
2003
Carneros
90
Napa
89
Santa Barbara
88
Sonoma
88
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Description
Leaner, crisper wines than in '02 due to a challenging season, but some gems, too
Description
Leaner, crisper wines than in '02 due to a challenging season, but some gems, too
Vintage
2002
Carneros
96
Napa
94
Santa Barbara
92
Sonoma
99
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Description
Sensational, fleshy, opulent wines; near perfect in Sonoma, strong in Carneros and Napa
Description
Sensational, fleshy, opulent wines; near perfect in Sonoma, strong in Carneros and Napa
Vintage
2001
Carneros
93
Napa
87
Santa Barbara
89
Sonoma
94
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Description
Best in Carneros and Sonoma; concentrated, with firm acidity
Description
Best in Carneros and Sonoma; concentrated, with firm acidity
Vintage
2000
Carneros
96
Napa
87
Santa Barbara
86
Sonoma
89
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Description
Carneros the clear star; wines elsewhere lack depth and completeness
Description
Carneros the clear star; wines elsewhere lack depth and completeness
Vintage
1999
Carneros
89
Napa
87
Santa Barbara
93
Sonoma
94
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Description
Sonoma and Santa Barbara are tops, with rich, complex wines
Description
Sonoma and Santa Barbara are tops, with rich, complex wines
Vintage
1998
Carneros
84
Napa
84
Santa Barbara
83
Sonoma
86
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Description
Lean and austere statewide; highly variable
Description
Lean and austere statewide; highly variable
Vintage
1997
Carneros
98
Napa
96
Santa Barbara
96
Sonoma
95
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Description
Monumental year; very ripe, opulent and complex
Description
Monumental year; very ripe, opulent and complex
Vintage
1996
Carneros
96
Napa
95
Santa Barbara
98
Sonoma
95
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Description
Rivals '97 in opulence and concentration; great finesse
Description
Rivals '97 in opulence and concentration; great finesse

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