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Vintage Charts

Washington: Merlot, Cabernet and Syrah
All Regions
Vintage Grid Back to 1961
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Vintage Score Drink Rec Description
201690–93NYRA warm spring gave way to a moderate summer, promising balanced but structured wines
201591Drink or holdHot, sunny growing season yielded full-bodied reds with ripe flavors and formidable tannins
201492Drink or holdHot growing season produced wines of generosity, with ripe flavors; best achieve balance
201392Drink or holdHot summer and cool harvest led to ripe flavors and moderate alcohols; some elevated tannins. Syrah better than Cabernet
201295Drink or holdIdeal conditions produced powerful wines with elegance
201189Drink or holdAnother cool year; moderate alcohols with crisp balance
201091Drink or holdCool year produced crisp reds with lovely ripe flavors
200992Drink or holdLate year with early frost made fine Merlot and Syrah
200895DrinkCool summer and warm autumn; many great wines
200796DrinkHot summer and cool autumn made rich, balanced wines
200694DrinkRipe but balanced; similar to 2005
200593DrinkRipe flavors but not excessively heavy
200491DrinkWalla Walla wiped out by freeze; rest of state solid
200392DrinkRipe vintage, broad and generous
200290DrinkRipe but tannic
200191DrinkHot vintage; ripe wines
200090DrinkWarm vintage with balanced reds
199985Past peakCool weather; some wines too sharp
199892DrinkHot weather made for ripe, supple reds
199789Past peakCool vintage; many promising fruit-centered wines
199686Past peakWinter frost wiped out much Merlot, but Cabernets can be very good
199583Past peakCool, rainy conditions; light, sometimes thin wines
199493Past peakRecord heat; rich, luscious wines
199390Past peakNot a powerful vintage, but one with plenty of flavor
199292Past peakRich, ripe, plush wines
199180Past peakWinter freeze slashed the crop, made uneven wines
199088Past peakMany clean, supple reds
198991Past peakWashington's best vintage to date, near-ideal conditions

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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