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Chile: Reds
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Vintage Score Drink Rec Description
201788Drink or holdHot summer temperatures delivered ripe wines and an early harvest, with low yields. Overall, reds offer silky tannins and full flavors; whites are fruit-forward
201687Drink or holdUntimely rains in key regions such as Colchagua, Maipo and Casablanca cut yields and led to less concentrated flavors, particularly for reds
201592Drink or holdA warm growing season and good harvest weather delivered powerful Cabernet Sauvignons and crisp, fruity Pinot Noirs; average quality for whites
201488Drink or holdSpring frost cut crop; good quality fruit harvested; crisp reds, savory whites
201391DrinkCool vintage, delivering fresh, well-structured wines with good balance in terms of concentration and flavor
201291DrinkWarm summer weather resulted in an early harvest, with clean, disease-free fruit and yields 15 percent above average; late-ripening Carmenère performed well
201190DrinkMarkedly cool and cloudy, with low yields leading to a harvest of clean fruit; early releases show fresh, elegant profiles
201089DrinkA cool spring led to lower yields and delayed ripening for Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère, while early-ripening varieties in coastal areas excelled, with lots of bright acidity and elegant fruit flavors
200988Past peakWarm, very dry growing season, though yields were slightly higher than previous years; inland valleys more variable than cooler coastal spots. Whites are ripe and forward; tannin management key for reds
200889Past peakLong, very dry growing season resulted in reduced yields but greater concentration. Similar in style to 2003; achieving balance with sometimes rugged structures was key
200792Past peakCooler temperatures through the growing season resulted in a late harvest and reduced yields. Reds show supple textures and excellent length
200691Past peakVery consistent through all valleys. Late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère excellent; less concentrated and structured than 2005
200593Past peakLong, moderate growing season consistent through all valleys. Reds show lots of ripe, soft tannins; Cabernet Sauvignon excelled
200488Past peakCool start to growing season with warm finish, then harvest split by rains: Carmenère suffered while later-ripening Cabernet strong; whites harvested in excellent shape
200391Past peakCool start followed by a long season of warm days and cool nights; wines show power and structure from all major valleys
200288Past peakSplit vintage: North (Aconcagua, Casablanca and Maipo) produced excellent wines, while harvesttime rains in the South (Curicó and Maule) caused problems; Rapel caught in the middle
200192Past peakDry, hot summer and low yields produced many solid wines; Aconcagua, Maipo and Rapel excelled
200087Past peakCool growing season, with a large crop. Best wines have balance and forward fruit, but controlling yields was key
199991Past peakDrought conditions produced small crop of ripe, concentrated reds with big tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon from Maipo and Rapel is superb
199878Past peakHarvest hit hard by El Niño rains; few successes
199788DrinkA drought year that provided dense, brawny reds; concentrated, but lacks polish of '99

Note: Most Chilean white wines should be drunk on release.

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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