Vintage Charts

United States

United States Washington: Merlot, Cabernet and Syrah

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Vintage Score Drink Window Description
Vintage
2017
Score
89-92
Drink Window
NYR
Description
A cool, wet spring led to a hot summer, but moderate weather near harvest helped build expression
Description
A cool, wet spring led to a hot summer, but moderate weather near harvest helped build expression
Vintage
2016
Score
91
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
A warm spring gave way to a moderate summer, promising balanced but structured wines
Description
A warm spring gave way to a moderate summer, promising balanced but structured wines
Vintage
2015
Score
91
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Hot, sunny growing season yielded full-bodied reds with ripe flavors and formidable tannins
Description
Hot, sunny growing season yielded full-bodied reds with ripe flavors and formidable tannins
Vintage
2014
Score
92
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Hot growing season produced wines of generosity, with ripe flavors; best achieve balance
Description
Hot growing season produced wines of generosity, with ripe flavors; best achieve balance
Vintage
2013
Score
92
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Hot summer and cool harvest led to ripe flavors and moderate alcohols; some elevated tannins. Syrah better than Cabernet
Description
Hot summer and cool harvest led to ripe flavors and moderate alcohols; some elevated tannins. Syrah better than Cabernet
Vintage
2012
Score
95
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Drink or hold
Description
Ideal conditions produced powerful wines with elegance
Description
Ideal conditions produced powerful wines with elegance
Vintage
2011
Score
89
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Drink or hold
Description
Another cool year; moderate alcohols with crisp balance
Description
Another cool year; moderate alcohols with crisp balance
Vintage
2010
Score
91
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Drink or hold
Description
Cool year produced crisp reds with lovely ripe flavors
Description
Cool year produced crisp reds with lovely ripe flavors
Vintage
2009
Score
92
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Drink or hold
Description
Late year with early frost made fine Merlot and Syrah
Description
Late year with early frost made fine Merlot and Syrah
Vintage
2008
Score
95
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Cool summer and warm autumn; many great wines
Description
Cool summer and warm autumn; many great wines
Vintage
2007
Score
96
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Drink
Description
Hot summer and cool autumn made rich, balanced wines
Description
Hot summer and cool autumn made rich, balanced wines
Vintage
2006
Score
94
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Drink
Description
Ripe but balanced; similar to 2005
Description
Ripe but balanced; similar to 2005
Vintage
2005
Score
93
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Drink
Description
Ripe flavors but not excessively heavy
Description
Ripe flavors but not excessively heavy
Vintage
2004
Score
91
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Walla Walla wiped out by freeze; rest of state solid
Description
Walla Walla wiped out by freeze; rest of state solid
Vintage
2003
Score
92
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Ripe vintage, broad and generous
Description
Ripe vintage, broad and generous
Vintage
2002
Score
90
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Ripe but tannic
Description
Ripe but tannic
Vintage
2001
Score
91
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Hot vintage; ripe wines
Description
Hot vintage; ripe wines
Vintage
2000
Score
90
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Warm vintage with balanced reds
Description
Warm vintage with balanced reds
Vintage
1999
Score
85
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Past peak
Description
Cool weather; some wines too sharp
Description
Cool weather; some wines too sharp
Vintage
1998
Score
92
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Hot weather made for ripe, supple reds
Description
Hot weather made for ripe, supple reds
Vintage
1997
Score
89
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Past peak
Description
Cool vintage; many promising fruit-centered wines
Description
Cool vintage; many promising fruit-centered wines
Vintage
1996
Score
86
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Winter frost wiped out much Merlot, but Cabernets can be very good
Description
Winter frost wiped out much Merlot, but Cabernets can be very good
Vintage
1995
Score
83
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Cool, rainy conditions; light, sometimes thin wines
Description
Cool, rainy conditions; light, sometimes thin wines
Vintage
1994
Score
93
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Record heat; rich, luscious wines
Description
Record heat; rich, luscious wines
Vintage
1993
Score
90
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Not a powerful vintage, but one with plenty of flavor
Description
Not a powerful vintage, but one with plenty of flavor
Vintage
1992
Score
92
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Rich, ripe, plush wines
Description
Rich, ripe, plush wines
Vintage
1991
Score
80
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Winter freeze slashed the crop, made uneven wines
Description
Winter freeze slashed the crop, made uneven wines
Vintage
1990
Score
88
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Many clean, supple reds
Description
Many clean, supple reds
Vintage
1989
Score
91
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Washington's best vintage to date, near-ideal conditions
Description
Washington'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.

SOURCE: WINE SPECTATOR