Vintage Charts

Italy

Italy Tuscany/Chianti and Chianti Classico

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Vintage Score Drink Window Description
Vintage
2016
Score
97
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Vibrant, elegant wines from a year that began cool, warming from July on; grapes harvested under ideal conditions
Description
Vibrant, elegant wines from a year that began cool, warming from July on; grapes harvested under ideal conditions
Vintage
2015
Score
97
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Long-lived, powerful and concentrated reds, yet the best have purity and elegance; great value
Description
Long-lived, powerful and concentrated reds, yet the best have purity and elegance; great value
Vintage
2014
Score
88
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Cool, wet summer hindered ripening, but a fine September saved the vintage. Best to date are slim, elegant reds
Description
Cool, wet summer hindered ripening, but a fine September saved the vintage. Best to date are slim, elegant reds
Vintage
2013
Score
93
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Sleek, vibrant wines with bright, focused fruit flavors; at worst, lean and tart
Description
Sleek, vibrant wines with bright, focused fruit flavors; at worst, lean and tart
Vintage
2012
Score
89
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Firmly structured wines that are rich yet elegant
Description
Firmly structured wines that are rich yet elegant
Vintage
2011
Score
93
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Wines are ripe and rich, yet vibrant
Description
Wines are ripe and rich, yet vibrant
Vintage
2010
Score
92
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
The best are fine, ripe wines, showing freshness, structure and balance, yet some lack ripe tannins
Description
The best are fine, ripe wines, showing freshness, structure and balance, yet some lack ripe tannins
Vintage
2009
Score
89
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Rainy spring and September yielded soft, open-knit wines. The best show concentration and ripe fruit
Description
Rainy spring and September yielded soft, open-knit wines. The best show concentration and ripe fruit
Vintage
2008
Score
89
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Intermittent rain dampened quality, but the best are fresh, elegant and pure
Description
Intermittent rain dampened quality, but the best are fresh, elegant and pure
Vintage
2007
Score
94
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Aromatic and fresh, with ripe fruit and tannin backbone; well-balanced
Description
Aromatic and fresh, with ripe fruit and tannin backbone; well-balanced
Vintage
2006
Score
93
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Dense, rich and structured wines, with the potential for aging
Description
Dense, rich and structured wines, with the potential for aging
Vintage
2005
Score
88
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Rain during harvest marred some results, but mostly wines with very good to excellent fruit and fresh acidity
Description
Rain during harvest marred some results, but mostly wines with very good to excellent fruit and fresh acidity
Vintage
2004
Score
89
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Many outstanding wines, yet some overcropping gave fewer good results
Description
Many outstanding wines, yet some overcropping gave fewer good results
Vintage
2003
Score
91
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Record heat, yet solid, rich and fresh wines
Description
Record heat, yet solid, rich and fresh wines
Vintage
2002
Score
79
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Rain, rain, rain; diluted, though some good Merlots
Description
Rain, rain, rain; diluted, though some good Merlots
Vintage
2001
Score
92
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Aromatic, balanced and refined
Description
Aromatic, balanced and refined
Vintage
2000
Score
88
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Some jammy wines, but fruity and attractive
Description
Some jammy wines, but fruity and attractive
Vintage
1999
Score
94
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Harmonious, structured, fresh and fruity
Description
Harmonious, structured, fresh and fruity
Vintage
1998
Score
89
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Better than expected; good fruit, light tannins
Description
Better than expected; good fruit, light tannins
Vintage
1997
Score
97
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Bright, rich and structured; fresh acidities
Description
Bright, rich and structured; fresh acidities
Vintage
1996
Score
87
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Perfumed, fruity and light
Description
Perfumed, fruity and light
Vintage
1995
Score
85
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Good fruit, fresh acidity, but some dilution
Description
Good fruit, fresh acidity, but some dilution

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