Vintage Charts

Portugal

Portugal Douro Valley Reds

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Vintage Score Drink Window Description
Vintage
2015
Score
93
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
An exceptionally dry and hot late spring and early summer was followed by cooler temperatures in July and August, resulting in lower-than-average yields but many successful bottlings
Description
An exceptionally dry and hot late spring and early summer was followed by cooler temperatures in July and August, resulting in lower-than-average yields but many successful bottlings
Vintage
2014
Score
88
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Cool summer temperatures and rain throughout the growing season challenged many vintners. Wines from the Douro Superior fared best
Description
Cool summer temperatures and rain throughout the growing season challenged many vintners. Wines from the Douro Superior fared best
Vintage
2013
Score
89
Drink Window
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Description
A late harvest and smaller-than-average crop yielded balanced and fresh-tasting wines; harvesttime rains spoiled a bid for exceptional quality
Description
A late harvest and smaller-than-average crop yielded balanced and fresh-tasting wines; harvesttime rains spoiled a bid for exceptional quality
Vintage
2012
Score
90
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
An extended drought and summertime hailstorms cut the harvest nearly in half, delivering concentrated reds
Description
An extended drought and summertime hailstorms cut the harvest nearly in half, delivering concentrated reds
Vintage
2011
Score
97
Drink Window
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Description
A cooler-than-normal summer, followed by warm, dry harvest weather, produced powerful, structured reds
Description
A cooler-than-normal summer, followed by warm, dry harvest weather, produced powerful, structured reds
Vintage
2010
Score
89
Drink Window
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Description
Generous winter rains produced a bumper crop, but excessive summer heat diluted flavors and delivered open-textured wines
Description
Generous winter rains produced a bumper crop, but excessive summer heat diluted flavors and delivered open-textured wines
Vintage
2009
Score
91
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Description
Balanced wines emerged from a challenging vintage, with many in a lighter style
Description
Balanced wines emerged from a challenging vintage, with many in a lighter style
Vintage
2008
Score
94
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Description
Cool growing conditions led to even ripening, with wines full of finesse
Description
Cool growing conditions led to even ripening, with wines full of finesse
Vintage
2007
Score
96
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Yields down by 20 percent, but ideal harvest weather delivered optimal ripeness
Description
Yields down by 20 percent, but ideal harvest weather delivered optimal ripeness
Vintage
2006
Score
90
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Description
Summer heat made for an early harvest, with lighter-style reds showing balance
Description
Summer heat made for an early harvest, with lighter-style reds showing balance
Vintage
2005
Score
94
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Description
Warm weather, with even ripening during harvest, made balanced and powerful reds
Description
Warm weather, with even ripening during harvest, made balanced and powerful reds
Vintage
2004
Score
93
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Description
Ideal growing season; rich wines with polished tannins and concentrated flavors
Description
Ideal growing season; rich wines with polished tannins and concentrated flavors
Vintage
2003
Score
91
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Description
Record heat; big, ripe, powerful wines with up-front appeal
Description
Record heat; big, ripe, powerful wines with up-front appeal
Vintage
2002
Score
81
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Harvest rains cut quality; top producers fared well by harvesting early
Description
Harvest rains cut quality; top producers fared well by harvesting early
Vintage
2001
Score
89
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Cool summer weather fostered even ripening; wines have good acidity
Description
Cool summer weather fostered even ripening; wines have good acidity
Vintage
2000
Score
94
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Small yields, but many exceptional wines made as a new wave emerged in Douro
Description
Small yields, but many exceptional wines made as a new wave emerged in Douro

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