Vintage Charts

Argentina/Mendoza

Vintage Score Drink Window Description
Vintage
2018
Score
90-93
Drink Window
NYR
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
89
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 or hold
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 or hold
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 or hold
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 or hold
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 or hold
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
Drink or hold
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
Drink or hold
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
Drink or hold
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
Drink or hold
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
Drink
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
Drink
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
Drink
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
Drink
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
Drink
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
Drink
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