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201690-93NYRSeason got off to a slow start with cool weather early. Dry and warm (but not hot) weather in the second half helped the vines to catch up on ripening. Dry conditions persisted through harvest, limiting disease pressures and allowing producers to pick leisurely. Yields down slightly, but quality is high and consistent across varieties
201588Drink or holdA rainy June led to heightened disease pressures. A premium on viticulture, then careful selection at harvest, was paramount for quality. Inconsistent overall, particularly for reds, though there are some excellent dry Rieslings and other whites
201490Drink or holdRecord-breaking cold winter led to significant winter kill, resulting in low yields. Wet and cool spring led to a late-running season, but an ideal Indian summer let vineyards catch up on ripening. Rieslings are racy, fresh and pure; Pinot Noir also promising
201387DrinkA wet growing season led to higher-than-usual disease pressures; best growers managed canopies and crop yields to avoid rot. Riesling performed well, with the best bottlings decidedly dry in style
201292Drink or holdAn early spring was followed by a warm, dry season, with an earlier-than-usual harvest; some late rains helped vines finish ripening after the drought. Consistent vintage, with very high quality and excellent acidity
201185DrinkFollowing a wet spring, mid-season was warm and dry, yet late-season rains resulted in high disease pressure. Riesling performed well, but an inconsistent growing season overall
201090DrinkWarm, dry growing season with little to no disease pressure; early-ripening varieties harvested under ideal conditions. Late rains the only blemish; Riesling came through fine, but reds more variable
200986DrinkWet growing season, lacking consistent warmth, led to uneven ripening; managing yields was key. Rieslings are often brisk in style, but with good length; other aromatic whites good, while reds far more inconsistent
200889DrinkCool, wet growing season saved by Indian summer in September. Riesling excellent and other aromatic whites performed very well; reds good
200788DrinkMild winter followed by unusually hot, dry growing season; only relief was showers in August. Rieslings are clean, ripe and forward, though some lack zip for balance; reds benefited more from the warm season

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


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