Vintage Charts

Vintage Score Drink Window Description
Vintage
2014
Score
92
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Challenging growing season, wet and cool, with good September and October weather benefiting late-ripening Nebbiolo; better in Barbaresco due to less rain
Description
Challenging growing season, wet and cool, with good September and October weather benefiting late-ripening Nebbiolo; better in Barbaresco due to less rain
Vintage
2013
Score
97
Drink Window
Hold
Description
A cooler growing season and late harvest resulted in wines of purity and finesse, with fine acidity; best Barolos since 2010
Description
A cooler growing season and late harvest resulted in wines of purity and finesse, with fine acidity; best Barolos since 2010
Vintage
2012
Score
94
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Description
Barolos are elegant, balanced and expressive, with fruit and savory elements; elegant, intense, even austere Barbarescos
Description
Barolos are elegant, balanced and expressive, with fruit and savory elements; elegant, intense, even austere Barbarescos
Vintage
2011
Score
93
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Description
Rich, fleshy Barolos and balanced Barbarescos; the best have vibrant structures for aging. A fine year for Barbera
Description
Rich, fleshy Barolos and balanced Barbarescos; the best have vibrant structures for aging. A fine year for Barbera
Vintage
2010
Score
97
Drink Window
Hold
Description
A cool growing season and ideal weather before harvest; pure, elegant and structured reds, with fine potential for aging
Description
A cool growing season and ideal weather before harvest; pure, elegant and structured reds, with fine potential for aging
Vintage
2009
Score
90
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Description
A warm year with inconsistent ripening; the best reds offer immediate fruit and flesh, others show underripe tannins
Description
A warm year with inconsistent ripening; the best reds offer immediate fruit and flesh, others show underripe tannins
Vintage
2008
Score
94
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Description
Warm late season rescued a cooler-than-average vintage; ripe reds show good structure, purity and elegance
Description
Warm late season rescued a cooler-than-average vintage; ripe reds show good structure, purity and elegance
Vintage
2007
Score
95
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Description
A warm, dry year; wines offer flesh and immediate appeal
Description
A warm, dry year; wines offer flesh and immediate appeal
Vintage
2006
Score
95
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Description
Many outstanding reds; cool weather made austere, muscular Nebbiolos with aging potential
Description
Many outstanding reds; cool weather made austere, muscular Nebbiolos with aging potential
Vintage
2005
Score
91
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Description
Balanced and elegant reds, delivering fruit and ripe tannins for producers who worked well in the vineyard
Description
Balanced and elegant reds, delivering fruit and ripe tannins for producers who worked well in the vineyard
Vintage
2004
Score
94
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Description
Fresh, harmonious, perfumed reds; hitting its peak now
Description
Fresh, harmonious, perfumed reds; hitting its peak now
Vintage
2003
Score
88
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Description
Many unbalanced wines due to an extremely hot growing season, but some nice surprises. Barberas very successful
Description
Many unbalanced wines due to an extremely hot growing season, but some nice surprises. Barberas very successful
Vintage
2002
Score
72
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
A washout; many wines unripe or diluted. Early-drinkers
Description
A washout; many wines unripe or diluted. Early-drinkers
Vintage
2001
Score
95
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Description
Aromatic, structured and firm reds with racy character
Description
Aromatic, structured and firm reds with racy character
Vintage
2000
Score
93
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Description
Rich and opulent reds with round tannins and exciting fruit; more forward in style
Description
Rich and opulent reds with round tannins and exciting fruit; more forward in style
Vintage
1999
Score
94
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Description
Balanced reds with firm tannins and bright fruit
Description
Balanced reds with firm tannins and bright fruit
Vintage
1998
Score
91
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Description
Ripe, fruity and silky; very harmonious and refined
Description
Ripe, fruity and silky; very harmonious and refined
Vintage
1997
Score
93
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Description
Superripe, opulent, flamboyant wines
Description
Superripe, opulent, flamboyant wines
Vintage
1996
Score
98
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Description
Textbook Barolo and Barbaresco; structured, fruity, racy reds
Description
Textbook Barolo and Barbaresco; structured, fruity, racy reds
Vintage
1995
Score
88
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Description
Very good quality, but some hail damage; stick to top producers
Description
Very good quality, but some hail damage; stick to top producers
Vintage
1994
Score
77
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Past peak
Description
Barbarescos lack concentration; some Barolos offer decent fruit
Description
Barbarescos lack concentration; some Barolos offer decent fruit
Vintage
1993
Score
87
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Description
Delicate, delicious and fruity, with supple tannins
Description
Delicate, delicious and fruity, with supple tannins
Vintage
1992
Score
76
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Past peak
Description
Diluted; many estates didn't bottle
Description
Diluted; many estates didn't bottle
Vintage
1991
Score
77
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Past peak
Description
Mostly light; some pleasant wines
Description
Mostly light; some pleasant wines
Vintage
1990
Score
97
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Description
Firm, ripe and long-aging
Description
Firm, ripe and long-aging
Vintage
1989
Score
97
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Description
Ripe, opulent and supple
Description
Ripe, opulent and supple
Vintage
1988
Score
92
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Description
Focused, generous and silky
Description
Focused, generous and silky
Vintage
1985
Score
94
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Description
Rich, ripe and concentrated, yet elegant
Description
Rich, ripe and concentrated, yet elegant
Vintage
1984
Score
80
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Past peak
Description
Light style
Description
Light style
Vintage
1983
Score
75
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Past peak
Description
Very light
Description
Very light
Vintage
1982
Score
90
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Drink
Description
Powerful, tannic and long-lived
Description
Powerful, tannic and long-lived
Vintage
1981
Score
73
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Past peak
Description
Light
Description
Light
Vintage
1980
Score
70
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Very light
Description
Very light
Vintage
1978
Score
90
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Firm and classically built
Description
Firm and classically built
Notable older vintages: 1974, 1971, 1967, 1964, 1961, 1958

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