Vintage Charts

Germany: Riesling

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Vintage
2017
Score
94
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An early start to the season was followed by heavy frost, with summer warm and dry until August, when rain brought challenges. Yields are down, but top producers delivered balanced, ageworthy wines
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An early start to the season was followed by heavy frost, with summer warm and dry until August, when rain brought challenges. Yields are down, but top producers delivered balanced, ageworthy wines
Vintage
2016
Score
93
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A hot, dry summer and good weather at harvest compensated for a damp spring, yielding aromatic, elegant and food-friendly wines; the best are supple and vibrant
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A hot, dry summer and good weather at harvest compensated for a damp spring, yielding aromatic, elegant and food-friendly wines; the best are supple and vibrant
Vintage
2015
Score
96
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Nearly perfect spring and summer weather, followed by a cooler autumn, resulted in ripe grapes that retained high acidity. Offers a full range from bone-dry to dessert style
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Nearly perfect spring and summer weather, followed by a cooler autumn, resulted in ripe grapes that retained high acidity. Offers a full range from bone-dry to dessert style
Vintage
2014
Score
91
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Mostly cool and wet growing conditions led to a warm September and a short harvest, producing an average-size crop of racy and herbal-inflected whites
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Mostly cool and wet growing conditions led to a warm September and a short harvest, producing an average-size crop of racy and herbal-inflected whites
Vintage
2013
Score
89
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Erratic weather, including some rain at harvest, resulted in a small crop; top producers relied on careful selection in the vineyard to make rich and minerally wines
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Erratic weather, including some rain at harvest, resulted in a small crop; top producers relied on careful selection in the vineyard to make rich and minerally wines
Vintage
2012
Score
94
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Vintners overcame a challenging vintage to deliver open-knit, fruity Rieslings supported by ripe acidity
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Vintners overcame a challenging vintage to deliver open-knit, fruity Rieslings supported by ripe acidity
Vintage
2011
Score
95
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Ideal harvest conditions delivered fruit-forward, open-knit and balanced wines with opulent flavors and textures
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Ideal harvest conditions delivered fruit-forward, open-knit and balanced wines with opulent flavors and textures
Vintage
2010
Score
93
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Cool growing season led to wines full of acidity and dense flavors. Exceptionally low yields. Look to top producers
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Cool growing season led to wines full of acidity and dense flavors. Exceptionally low yields. Look to top producers
Vintage
2009
Score
97
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Warm, dry weather at harvest; exceptionally balanced wines, with plenty of pure fruit, minerality and creaminess
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Warm, dry weather at harvest; exceptionally balanced wines, with plenty of pure fruit, minerality and creaminess
Vintage
2008
Score
92
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Crisp, vibrant Rieslings marked by juicy acidity and pure orchard, citrus and savory flavors; light-weights
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Crisp, vibrant Rieslings marked by juicy acidity and pure orchard, citrus and savory flavors; light-weights
Vintage
2007
Score
95
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Classically proportioned, with ripe, complex fruit and mineral flavors; density with elegance
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Classically proportioned, with ripe, complex fruit and mineral flavors; density with elegance
Vintage
2006
Score
92
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Opulent, charming but fleshy kabinett and spätlese; terrific auslese, BA and TBA, with clean botrytis; best in Mosel; fine dry wines
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Opulent, charming but fleshy kabinett and spätlese; terrific auslese, BA and TBA, with clean botrytis; best in Mosel; fine dry wines
Vintage
2005
Score
98
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Lush, ripe Rieslings at all quality levels; acidity, though low in some, balances richness in most
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Lush, ripe Rieslings at all quality levels; acidity, though low in some, balances richness in most
Vintage
2004
Score
91
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Vibrant, sleek wines from kabinett to auslese, but little botrytis and few late-harvest wines; fine Mosel and Nahe examples
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Vibrant, sleek wines from kabinett to auslese, but little botrytis and few late-harvest wines; fine Mosel and Nahe examples
Vintage
2003
Score
94
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Ripe, opulent wines; best in Mosel, Nahe and Rheingau. Terrific BA and TBA, though not much botrytis
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Ripe, opulent wines; best in Mosel, Nahe and Rheingau. Terrific BA and TBA, though not much botrytis
Vintage
2002
Score
93
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The best are charming, juicy wines, from kabinett to auslese. Pfalz and Rheingau excelled
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The best are charming, juicy wines, from kabinett to auslese. Pfalz and Rheingau excelled
Vintage
2001
Score
98
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Best vintage since 1971. Ripe, healthy grapes made pure, harmonious wines at all quality levels; best in middle Mosel
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Best vintage since 1971. Ripe, healthy grapes made pure, harmonious wines at all quality levels; best in middle Mosel
Vintage
2000
Score
82
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Plagued by rain and rot, with outstanding results from a handful of growers. Variable quality; choose carefully
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Plagued by rain and rot, with outstanding results from a handful of growers. Variable quality; choose carefully
Vintage
1999
Score
90
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Rich and round, with ripe but lower acidity resulting in forward, appealing wines
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Rich and round, with ripe but lower acidity resulting in forward, appealing wines
Vintage
1998
Score
89
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Ripe, sleek, crisp; fine dry wines, especially in the Pfalz, and exciting ice wines
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Ripe, sleek, crisp; fine dry wines, especially in the Pfalz, and exciting ice wines
Vintage
1997
Score
88
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Pure, clear wines with lower acidity and little botrytis; best in Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
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Pure, clear wines with lower acidity and little botrytis; best in Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Vintage
1996
Score
89
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Extremely late harvest; stunning in Rheingau. Perfumed, ripe, high in acidity; ageworthy, though stick to top producers
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Extremely late harvest; stunning in Rheingau. Perfumed, ripe, high in acidity; ageworthy, though stick to top producers
Vintage
1995
Score
88
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Top estates made the best wines; aromatic and fruity, with harmonious acidity
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Top estates made the best wines; aromatic and fruity, with harmonious acidity
Vintage
1994
Score
86
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Solid quality, high acidity, medium extract; focus on top estates
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Solid quality, high acidity, medium extract; focus on top estates
Vintage
1993
Score
89
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Great surprise; plenty of fruit, acidity and character; stick to top estates
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Great surprise; plenty of fruit, acidity and character; stick to top estates
Vintage
1992
Score
88
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Uneven quality; some late-harvest, botrytized classics, but many soft, diluted wines
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Uneven quality; some late-harvest, botrytized classics, but many soft, diluted wines
Vintage
1991
Score
85
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Crisp, racy acidity, but uneven quality
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Crisp, racy acidity, but uneven quality
Vintage
1990
Score
97
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Powerful, great acidity and extract, harmonious
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Powerful, great acidity and extract, harmonious
Vintage
1989
Score
92
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Outstanding for late-harvest, botrytized wines; others tough and unexceptional
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Outstanding for late-harvest, botrytized wines; others tough and unexceptional
Vintage
1988
Score
93
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Balanced, firm; best in middle Mosel
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Balanced, firm; best in middle Mosel
Vintage
1987
Score
83
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Light, high acidity; good
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Light, high acidity; good
Vintage
1986
Score
86
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Aromatic, elegant; best in Pfalz
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Aromatic, elegant; best in Pfalz
Vintage
1985
Score
87
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Racy, well-structured; some problems in Rheingau, Pfalz
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Racy, well-structured; some problems in Rheingau, Pfalz
Vintage
1984
Score
74
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Unripe, aggressive acidity
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Unripe, aggressive acidity
Vintage
1983
Score
93
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Very fruity, ripe, round; little botrytis
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Very fruity, ripe, round; little botrytis
Vintage
1982
Score
78
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Diluted, soft
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Diluted, soft
Vintage
1981
Score
81
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Lean, light
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Lean, light
Vintage
1980
Score
65
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Very green, unripe, thin
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Very green, unripe, thin
Vintage
1979
Score
88
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Small crop; well-structured
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Small crop; well-structured
Vintage
1978
Score
68
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Green, thin
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Green, thin
Vintage
1977
Score
78
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Light, crisp
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Light, crisp
Vintage
1976
Score
96
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Ripe, powerful; plenty of botrytis
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Ripe, powerful; plenty of botrytis
Vintage
1975
Score
93
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Great balance, firm structure
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Great balance, firm structure
Vintage
1974
Score
66
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Mean, no harmony, little fruit
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Mean, no harmony, little fruit
Vintage
1973
Score
84
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Ripe acidity, good fruit
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Ripe acidity, good fruit
Vintage
1972
Score
69
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High acidity, lean
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High acidity, lean
Vintage
1971
Score
97
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Powerful, elegant, superb structure
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Powerful, elegant, superb structure
Notable older vintages: 1969, 1959, 1953, 1949

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