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Vintage NapaPaso RoblesSanta BarbaraSonoma Drink Window Description
Vintage
2016
Napa
92–95
Paso Robles
92–95
Santa Barbara
91–94
Sonoma
92–95
Drink Window
NYR
Description
A textbook vintage with nearly ideal growing conditions throughout the year
Description
A textbook vintage with nearly ideal growing conditions throughout the year
Vintage
2015
Napa
94
Paso Robles
94
Santa Barbara
91
Sonoma
94
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Challenged by a warm season marked by heat spikes, winemakers managed to retain elegance and aromatics
Description
Challenged by a warm season marked by heat spikes, winemakers managed to retain elegance and aromatics
Vintage
2014
Napa
93
Paso Robles
92
Santa Barbara
92
Sonoma
94
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Similar to the 2013s, but more ripe, more full-bodied and in some regions more tannic
Description
Similar to the 2013s, but more ripe, more full-bodied and in some regions more tannic
Vintage
2013
Napa
94
Paso Robles
94
Santa Barbara
92
Sonoma
93
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Nearly ideal growing season with lots of sunshine but few heat spikes; wines are expressive early but show aging potential
Description
Nearly ideal growing season with lots of sunshine but few heat spikes; wines are expressive early but show aging potential
Vintage
2012
Napa
93
Paso Robles
93
Santa Barbara
88
Sonoma
92
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Record-sized crop with firmly tannic wines and some real beauties; should reward time in the cellar
Description
Record-sized crop with firmly tannic wines and some real beauties; should reward time in the cellar
Vintage
2011
Napa
87
Paso Robles
87
Santa Barbara
87
Sonoma
87
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
A damp, cool year led to mixed results. Off the pace of best years, yet there are pockets of success; early drinkers
Description
A damp, cool year led to mixed results. Off the pace of best years, yet there are pockets of success; early drinkers
Vintage
2010
Napa
93
Paso Robles
97
Santa Barbara
87
Sonoma
93
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
A cool, late harvest, but amazingly ripe and full-bodied wines
Description
A cool, late harvest, but amazingly ripe and full-bodied wines
Vintage
2009
Napa
92
Paso Robles
95
Santa Barbara
92
Sonoma
93
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Drink or hold
Description
Fabulous wines throughout despite a challenging season; the ripeness is there, even if it came late
Description
Fabulous wines throughout despite a challenging season; the ripeness is there, even if it came late
Vintage
2008
Napa
91
Paso Robles
98
Santa Barbara
91
Sonoma
91
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Drink or hold
Description
A tough start ended with glorious wines statewide, rivaling 2007 for complexity, depth and finesse
Description
A tough start ended with glorious wines statewide, rivaling 2007 for complexity, depth and finesse
Vintage
2007
Napa
95
Paso Robles
96
Santa Barbara
95
Sonoma
92
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Description
Tremendous quality and uncommon complexity statewide; the best on record, along with 2009 and 2006
Description
Tremendous quality and uncommon complexity statewide; the best on record, along with 2009 and 2006
Vintage
2006
Napa
93
Paso Robles
92
Santa Barbara
94
Sonoma
95
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
A golden vintage, fabulous acoss all regions, offering great diversity of styles
Description
A golden vintage, fabulous acoss all regions, offering great diversity of styles
Vintage
2005
Napa
92
Paso Robles
86
Santa Barbara
89
Sonoma
87
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Intense, structured, high-quality wines
Description
Intense, structured, high-quality wines
Vintage
2004
Napa
97
Paso Robles
89
Santa Barbara
86
Sonoma
89
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
A superb vintage, particularly in Napa; concentrated, intense and complex wines
Description
A superb vintage, particularly in Napa; concentrated, intense and complex wines
Vintage
2003
Napa
90
Paso Robles
83
Santa Barbara
89
Sonoma
90
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Drink or hold
Description
Dark, intense, structured and concentrated
Description
Dark, intense, structured and concentrated
Vintage
2002
Napa
96
Paso Robles
84
Santa Barbara
85
Sonoma
89
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Drink or hold
Description
Tremendous in Napa and Sonoma; dark, rich and plush
Description
Tremendous in Napa and Sonoma; dark, rich and plush
Vintage
2001
Napa
97
Paso Robles
89
Santa Barbara
87
Sonoma
89
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Solid in all regions, with an edge to Napa; intense and concentrated wines
Description
Solid in all regions, with an edge to Napa; intense and concentrated wines
Vintage
2000
Napa
93
Paso Robles
82
Santa Barbara
85
Sonoma
87
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Strong in Napa, showing that Syrah doesn't always run with Cabernet
Description
Strong in Napa, showing that Syrah doesn't always run with Cabernet
Vintage
1999
Napa
93
Paso Robles
87
Santa Barbara
86
Sonoma
85
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Great density and structure in Napa; others off the pace
Description
Great density and structure in Napa; others off the pace
Vintage
1998
Napa
87
Paso Robles
85
Santa Barbara
82
Sonoma
82
Drink Window
Drink
Description
A tough year for most varietals, including Syrah, irrespective of where they were grown
Description
A tough year for most varietals, including Syrah, irrespective of where they were grown
Vintage
1997
Napa
92
Paso Robles
87
Santa Barbara
88
Sonoma
86
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Excellent growing conditions, especially in Napa, where Syrah rivaled Cabernet in a grand year
Description
Excellent 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.

SOURCE: WINE SPECTATOR