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Vintage Score Drink Rec Description
201788Drink or holdA 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
201684Drink or holdWinemakers deliver lower-alcohol and higher-acidity wines in another cool, wet vintage, with dramatically lower yields in Mendoza and Salta. The best are fresh and juicy
201585DrinkWetter than 2014, with botrytis rot in some vineyards, hitting Cabernet Sauvignon the hardest; better for white wines
201487Drink or holdLate-season rains proved challenging for vintners; diligent work in the vineyards resulted in some high quality releases; Salta succeeded
201390Drink or holdCool weather produced fresh wines, with balanced acidity and tannins; lower alcohol levels
201287Drink or holdWhat 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
201191Drink or holdChallenging 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
201089Drink or holdCool 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
200988Drink or holdGrowing 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
200886Drink or holdCool, 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
200788Drink or holdUp-and-down season, with hail, cold and rain; wines have lower alcohols and softer tannins. Late-ripening spots in Mendoza (La Consulta, Altamira) strongest
200691DrinkCool but dry season, with harvest stretching into April and May. Consistent for all major varieties; top Malbecs show excellent purity, balance and poise
200590DrinkCool 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
200490DrinkWarm, dry season with Malbec the star; some heavy rains late in the season led to variable Cabernet Sauvignon
200391DrinkFebruary heat wave during a long, dry season led to some inconsistencies, but Malbec excellent
200294DrinkStellar growing season with optimal harvest conditions yielded racy, ripe fruit. Best vintage in a generation, with all varieties performing well
200187DrinkCool growing season, with the harvest dampened by some rain. Cabernet Sauvignon generally better than Malbec
200086Past peakCool and wet, but a long growing season allowed for a late-ripening harvest. Malbec generally better than Cabernet Sauvignon
199990Past peakDry, sunny growing season; small crop of ripe, concentrated reds with rich tannins
199875Past peakHarvest decimated by El Niño rains; many producers didn't release wines
199788Past peakDrought 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.


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