Vintage Charts

Austria/Whites

Vintage Score Drink Window Description
Vintage
2017
Score
94
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Favorable weather conditions led to ripe, concentrated whites that retained acidity; the reds are ripe but balanced, with good complexity and aging potential
Description
Favorable weather conditions led to ripe, concentrated whites that retained acidity; the reds are ripe but balanced, with good complexity and aging potential
Vintage
2016
Score
92
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
A challenging vintage, with a small crop. Top growers sacrificed quantity for quality, delivering charming wines with immediate appeal; the best are ageworthy
Description
A challenging vintage, with a small crop. Top growers sacrificed quantity for quality, delivering charming wines with immediate appeal; the best are ageworthy
Vintage
2015
Score
93
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Timely August rains relieved a hot, dry summer, with ideal harvest weather resulting in ripe, complex wines that combine power and grace; Burgenland reds are structured and flavorful
Description
Timely August rains relieved a hot, dry summer, with ideal harvest weather resulting in ripe, complex wines that combine power and grace; Burgenland reds are structured and flavorful
Vintage
2014
Score
87
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Thick-skinned Grüner did best in a growing season plagued by rain; Riesling affected by grey rot. Only the most careful vintners harvested healthy grapes
Description
Thick-skinned Grüner did best in a growing season plagued by rain; Riesling affected by grey rot. Only the most careful vintners harvested healthy grapes
Vintage
2013
Score
92
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Vintners needed to work hard to overcome a wet harvest, with a small crop yielding open-textured, powerful and rich-tasting whites from the best vineyard sites
Description
Vintners needed to work hard to overcome a wet harvest, with a small crop yielding open-textured, powerful and rich-tasting whites from the best vineyard sites
Vintage
2012
Score
90
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Hard frost in the spring and drought cut yields. Creamy, full-bodied Grüners; well-structured Rieslings
Description
Hard frost in the spring and drought cut yields. Creamy, full-bodied Grüners; well-structured Rieslings
Vintage
2011
Score
90
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
An easy-to-drink vintage with open-knit Grüner Veltliners; Kremstal performs well
Description
An easy-to-drink vintage with open-knit Grüner Veltliners; Kremstal performs well
Vintage
2010
Score
89
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
A cool, difficult growing season delivered taut Rieslings and plush Grüner Veltliners; Kremstal performs well
Description
A cool, difficult growing season delivered taut Rieslings and plush Grüner Veltliners; Kremstal performs well
Vintage
2009
Score
92
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Fresh-tasting Rieslings and Grüner Veltliners that are primed to age well
Description
Fresh-tasting Rieslings and Grüner Veltliners that are primed to age well
Vintage
2008
Score
94
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Cool and wet summer, but ideal weather at harvest. Monumental Rieslings from the Wachau; lean, powerful Grüner Veltliners
Description
Cool and wet summer, but ideal weather at harvest. Monumental Rieslings from the Wachau; lean, powerful Grüner Veltliners
Vintage
2007
Score
93
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Bracing acidity and fresh minerality; slightly better for Riesling than Grüner. Excellent cellar potential
Description
Bracing acidity and fresh minerality; slightly better for Riesling than Grüner. Excellent cellar potential
Vintage
2006
Score
95
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Immense structures, with intense fruit and minerality
Description
Immense structures, with intense fruit and minerality
Vintage
2005
Score
92
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Creamy and rich; ripe Rieslings and viscous Grüners
Description
Creamy and rich; ripe Rieslings and viscous Grüners
Vintage
2004
Score
89
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Easygoing and fruity, with good structure
Description
Easygoing and fruity, with good structure
Vintage
2003
Score
88
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Very ripe and full-bodied; a drought vintage
Description
Very ripe and full-bodied; a drought vintage
Vintage
2002
Score
90
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Ripe, pure flavors despite flooding rains
Description
Ripe, pure flavors despite flooding rains
Vintage
2001
Score
89
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Full-bodied Grüners and dense Rieslings
Description
Full-bodied Grüners and dense Rieslings

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