Oregon Vintage Chart

I often get the question from others in the industry- What do you think of the 2011 Vintage?  In my opinion, it needs time but if I were to pick a wine to drink now, it would be a 2010 or a 2012. If you prefer a more delicate wine, the 2010’s are going to be your pick. If you prefer a fuller bodied pinot, perhaps a 2012 or 2009, which were vintages with a significant amount of sun and perhaps heat in the case of 2009. If all of this is going over your head, grab a 2010 or 2012 now and enjoy it!

Vintage Score Drink Rec Description
2011 86-89 Hold Light, bordering on fragile; tantalizing if flavorful enough
2010 94 Drink or hold Best have real ripeness and depth, with modest alcohol
2009 90 Drink or hold Hot year with light structures, bold flavors, significant alcohol
2008 97 Drink or hold Perfect balance of light textures and rich, vivid flavors
2007 84 Drink or hold Mostly delicate wines can benefit from cellaring, but many are weak
2006 92 Drink Ripe flavors, but fruit character mostly fresh, not dried
2005 93 Drink Like 2004, wines are superbly balanced
2004 94 Drink or hold Clear, pure flavors and excellent balance
2003 87 Past peak Some great wines, but others are overripe
2002 95 Drink Extraordinary balance, pure flavors; some great wines
2001 91 Drink Many elegant wines, but others reflect excessive yields
2000 90 Past peak Many intense wines, but beware those caught in late-season rain
1999 93 Drink Brilliantly flavorful, focused wines
1998 92 Drink Rich, classic wines; few poor bottles, some are tannic
1997 84 Past peak Light, many are watery; best wines fleshing out nicely
1996 87 Past peak Light, but generally ripe; most wines on the tannic side
1995 81 Past peak Some successes, but many wines hollow, short
1994 92 Drink Very ripe, exotic wines dominate the vintage
1993 85 Past peak Uneven; best are elegant
1992 90 Past peak Underrated by many; numerous opulent wines
1991 86 Drink Generally ripe flavors; starting to fade
1990 85 Drink Many drinkable wines; starting to fade
¹ Vintage Description from Wine Spectator

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