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Vintage Anderson ValleyCarnerosSanta BarbaraSanta Lucia HighlandsSonoma Drink Window Description
Vintage
2017
Anderson Valley
87–90
Carneros
89–92
Santa Barbara
87–90
Santa Lucia Highlands
91–94
Sonoma
87–90
Drink Window
NYR
Description
Spring rains, a warm summer and a September heat wave; showy up front, but many wines lack structure
Description
Spring rains, a warm summer and a September heat wave; showy up front, but many wines lack structure
Vintage
2016
Anderson Valley
92
Carneros
90
Santa Barbara
91
Santa Lucia Highlands
92
Sonoma
94
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Winter rains helped alleviate drought; vintners pleased by early showings
Description
Winter rains helped alleviate drought; vintners pleased by early showings
Vintage
2015
Anderson Valley
87
Carneros
87
Santa Barbara
91
Santa Lucia Highlands
89
Sonoma
92
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Santa Barbara and Santa Lucia shine in a year marked by a large crop of tannic wines
Description
Santa Barbara and Santa Lucia shine in a year marked by a large crop of tannic wines
Vintage
2014
Anderson Valley
88
Carneros
88
Santa Barbara
89
Santa Lucia Highlands
93
Sonoma
92
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Even higher yields than 2013, with fleshy, forward and showy wines; many approachable now
Description
Even higher yields than 2013, with fleshy, forward and showy wines; many approachable now
Vintage
2013
Anderson Valley
87
Carneros
88
Santa Barbara
86
Santa Lucia Highlands
94
Sonoma
91
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Another huge crop of uniformly exceptional quality; slow to open and ageworthy
Description
Another huge crop of uniformly exceptional quality; slow to open and ageworthy
Vintage
2012
Anderson Valley
89
Carneros
87
Santa Barbara
85
Santa Lucia Highlands
91
Sonoma
90
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Record-size crop with atypically firm and structured wines; best in Santa Lucia Highlands
Description
Record-size crop with atypically firm and structured wines; best in Santa Lucia Highlands
Vintage
2011
Anderson Valley
86
Carneros
87
Santa Barbara
87
Santa Lucia Highlands
93
Sonoma
87
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Rain wreaked havoc at harvest, resulting in lighter wines of uneven quality
Description
Rain wreaked havoc at harvest, resulting in lighter wines of uneven quality
Vintage
2010
Anderson Valley
88
Carneros
88
Santa Barbara
94
Santa Lucia Highlands
92
Sonoma
94
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Weather extremes tested growers, yet vintage is strong, with structured wines
Description
Weather extremes tested growers, yet vintage is strong, with structured wines
Vintage
2009
Anderson Valley
92
Carneros
91
Santa Barbara
90
Santa Lucia Highlands
94
Sonoma
97
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Almost perfect, with scores of ripe, polished, deeply flavored wines
Description
Almost perfect, with scores of ripe, polished, deeply flavored wines
Vintage
2008
Anderson Valley
80
Carneros
90
Santa Barbara
89
Santa Lucia Highlands
90
Sonoma
89
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Uneven year; top wines are complex and delicate
Description
Uneven year; top wines are complex and delicate
Vintage
2007
Anderson Valley
93
Carneros
88
Santa Barbara
87
Santa Lucia Highlands
91
Sonoma
95
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Excellent year; ideal warm, early season, with ripe, complex wines
Description
Excellent year; ideal warm, early season, with ripe, complex wines
Vintage
2006
Anderson Valley
88
Carneros
82
Santa Barbara
84
Santa Lucia Highlands
87
Sonoma
87
Drink Window
Drink
Description
A cool year with a large crop; uneven ripening and some diluted wines
Description
A cool year with a large crop; uneven ripening and some diluted wines
Vintage
2005
Anderson Valley
93
Carneros
84
Santa Barbara
87
Santa Lucia Highlands
90
Sonoma
88
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Sleek, balanced and elegant; ripe at lower alcohol levels
Description
Sleek, balanced and elegant; ripe at lower alcohol levels
Vintage
2004
Anderson Valley
94
Carneros
85
Santa Barbara
93
Santa Lucia Highlands
94
Sonoma
93
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Excellent year; warm, early year, with ripe, concentrated, deeply flavored wines
Description
Excellent year; warm, early year, with ripe, concentrated, deeply flavored wines
Vintage
2003
Anderson Valley
94
Carneros
83
Santa Barbara
88
Santa Lucia Highlands
89
Sonoma
91
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Very good if mixed; best are rich, supple and harmonious
Description
Very good if mixed; best are rich, supple and harmonious
Vintage
2002
Anderson Valley
86
Carneros
84
Santa Barbara
88
Santa Lucia Highlands
90
Sonoma
88
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Very good; dark, complex wines that have aged well
Description
Very good; dark, complex wines that have aged well
Vintage
2001
Anderson Valley
84
Carneros
84
Santa Barbara
86
Santa Lucia Highlands
88
Sonoma
85
Drink Window
Drink
Description
A solid year with elegant, delicate, concentrated wines
Description
A solid year with elegant, delicate, concentrated wines
Vintage
2000
Anderson Valley
85
Carneros
81
Santa Barbara
81
Santa Lucia Highlands
83
Sonoma
83
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Lean, crisp wines of good quality, with few stars
Description
Lean, crisp wines of good quality, with few stars
Vintage
1999
Anderson Valley
84
Carneros
82
Santa Barbara
81
Santa Lucia Highlands
85
Sonoma
86
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Sonoma and Monterey set the pace in a cooler year,with ripe, fleshy wines
Description
Sonoma and Monterey set the pace in a cooler year,with ripe, fleshy wines
Vintage
1998
Anderson Valley
80
Carneros
81
Santa Barbara
81
Santa Lucia Highlands
84
Sonoma
84
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Lean and austere statewide; highly variable
Description
Lean and austere statewide; highly variable
Vintage
1997
Anderson Valley
83
Carneros
82
Santa Barbara
82
Santa Lucia Highlands
82
Sonoma
85
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Excellent in Sonoma, with ripe, forward wines; leaner elsewhere
Description
Excellent in Sonoma, with ripe, forward wines; leaner elsewhere
Vintage
1996
Anderson Valley
NR
Carneros
82
Santa Barbara
81
Santa Lucia Highlands
80
Sonoma
84
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Good, but little depth outside Sonoma
Description
Good, but little depth outside Sonoma

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