Vintage Charts

Chile: Reds

Vintage Score Drink Window Description
Vintage
2017
Score
88
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Hot summer temperatures delivered ripe wines and an early harvest, with low yields. Overall, reds offer silky tannins and full flavors; whites are fruit-forward
Description
Hot summer temperatures delivered ripe wines and an early harvest, with low yields. Overall, reds offer silky tannins and full flavors; whites are fruit-forward
Vintage
2016
Score
87
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Untimely rains in key regions such as Colchagua, Maipo and Casablanca cut yields and led to less concentrated flavors, particularly for reds
Description
Untimely rains in key regions such as Colchagua, Maipo and Casablanca cut yields and led to less concentrated flavors, particularly for reds
Vintage
2015
Score
92
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
A warm growing season and good harvest weather delivered powerful Cabernet Sauvignons and crisp, fruity Pinot Noirs; average quality for whites
Description
A warm growing season and good harvest weather delivered powerful Cabernet Sauvignons and crisp, fruity Pinot Noirs; average quality for whites
Vintage
2014
Score
88
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Spring frost cut crop; good quality fruit harvested; crisp reds, savory whites
Description
Spring frost cut crop; good quality fruit harvested; crisp reds, savory whites
Vintage
2013
Score
91
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Cool vintage, delivering fresh, well-structured wines with good balance in terms of concentration and flavor
Description
Cool vintage, delivering fresh, well-structured wines with good balance in terms of concentration and flavor
Vintage
2012
Score
91
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Warm summer weather resulted in an early harvest, with clean, disease-free fruit and yields 15 percent above average; late-ripening Carmenère performed well
Description
Warm summer weather resulted in an early harvest, with clean, disease-free fruit and yields 15 percent above average; late-ripening Carmenère performed well
Vintage
2011
Score
90
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Markedly cool and cloudy, with low yields leading to a harvest of clean fruit; early releases show fresh, elegant profiles
Description
Markedly cool and cloudy, with low yields leading to a harvest of clean fruit; early releases show fresh, elegant profiles
Vintage
2010
Score
89
Drink Window
Drink
Description
A 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
Description
A 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
Vintage
2009
Score
88
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Warm, 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
Description
Warm, 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
Vintage
2008
Score
89
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Long, very dry growing season resulted in reduced yields but greater concentration. Similar in style to 2003; achieving balance with sometimes rugged structures was key
Description
Long, very dry growing season resulted in reduced yields but greater concentration. Similar in style to 2003; achieving balance with sometimes rugged structures was key
Vintage
2007
Score
92
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Cooler temperatures through the growing season resulted in a late harvest and reduced yields. Reds show supple textures and excellent length
Description
Cooler temperatures through the growing season resulted in a late harvest and reduced yields. Reds show supple textures and excellent length
Vintage
2006
Score
91
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Very consistent through all valleys. Late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère excellent; less concentrated and structured than 2005
Description
Very consistent through all valleys. Late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère excellent; less concentrated and structured than 2005
Vintage
2005
Score
93
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Long, moderate growing season consistent through all valleys. Reds show lots of ripe, soft tannins; Cabernet Sauvignon excelled
Description
Long, moderate growing season consistent through all valleys. Reds show lots of ripe, soft tannins; Cabernet Sauvignon excelled
Vintage
2004
Score
88
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Cool start to growing season with warm finish, then harvest split by rains: Carmenère suffered while later-ripening Cabernet strong; whites harvested in excellent shape
Description
Cool start to growing season with warm finish, then harvest split by rains: Carmenère suffered while later-ripening Cabernet strong; whites harvested in excellent shape
Vintage
2003
Score
91
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Cool start followed by a long season of warm days and cool nights; wines show power and structure from all major valleys
Description
Cool start followed by a long season of warm days and cool nights; wines show power and structure from all major valleys
Vintage
2002
Score
88
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Split 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
Description
Split 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
Vintage
2001
Score
92
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Dry, hot summer and low yields produced many solid wines; Aconcagua, Maipo and Rapel excelled
Description
Dry, hot summer and low yields produced many solid wines; Aconcagua, Maipo and Rapel excelled
Vintage
2000
Score
87
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Cool growing season, with a large crop. Best wines have balance and forward fruit, but controlling yields was key
Description
Cool growing season, with a large crop. Best wines have balance and forward fruit, but controlling yields was key
Vintage
1999
Score
91
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Drought conditions produced small crop of ripe, concentrated reds with big tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon from Maipo and Rapel is superb
Description
Drought conditions produced small crop of ripe, concentrated reds with big tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon from Maipo and Rapel is superb
Vintage
1998
Score
78
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Harvest hit hard by El Niño rains; few successes
Description
Harvest hit hard by El Niño rains; few successes
Vintage
1997
Score
88
Drink Window
Drink
Description
A drought year that provided dense, brawny reds; concentrated, but lacks polish of '99
Description
A 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.

SOURCE: WINE SPECTATOR