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Vintage NapaPaso RoblesSanta BarbaraSonoma Drink Rec Description
201692–9592–9591–9492–95NYRA textbook vintage with nearly ideal growing conditions throughout the year
201594949194Drink or holdChallenged by a warm season marked by heat spikes, winemakers managed to retain elegance and aromatics
201493929294Drink or holdSimilar to the 2013s, but more ripe, more full-bodied and in some regions more tannic
201394949293Drink or holdNearly ideal growing season with lots of sunshine but few heat spikes; wines are expressive early but show aging potential
201293938892Drink or holdRecord-sized crop with firmly tannic wines and some real beauties; should reward time in the cellar
201187878787Drink or holdA damp, cool year led to mixed results. Off the pace of best years, yet there are pockets of success; early drinkers
201093978793Drink or holdA cool, late harvest, but amazingly ripe and full-bodied wines
200992959293Drink or holdFabulous wines throughout despite a challenging season; the ripeness is there, even if it came late
200891989191Drink or holdA tough start ended with glorious wines statewide, rivaling 2007 for complexity, depth and finesse
200795969592Drink or holdTremendous quality and uncommon complexity statewide; the best on record, along with 2009 and 2006
200693929495Drink or holdA golden vintage, fabulous acoss all regions, offering great diversity of styles
200592868987Drink or holdIntense, structured, high-quality wines
200497898689Drink or holdA superb vintage, particularly in Napa; concentrated, intense and complex wines
200390838990Drink or holdDark, intense, structured and concentrated
200296848589Drink or holdTremendous in Napa and Sonoma; dark, rich and plush
200197898789DrinkSolid in all regions, with an edge to Napa; intense and concentrated wines
200093828587DrinkStrong in Napa, showing that Syrah doesn't always run with Cabernet
199993878685DrinkGreat density and structure in Napa; others off the pace
199887858282DrinkA tough year for most varietals, including Syrah, irrespective of where they were grown
199792878886DrinkExcellent growing conditions, especially in Napa, where Syrah rivaled Cabernet in a grand year

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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