Douro River Valley Vintage Chart

Douro River Valley is considered the jewel of Portugal and while better known for Port wine, it also makes still wines that are stunning. Below you will find a Vintage Chart to help you select between the years when purchasing it at a store. Overall, you can’t go wrong with a 2006-2009. I’ve found all of them to be stunning wines.

Vintage Score Drinking Rec Description
2010 86-89 NYR Generous winter rains yielded a bumper crop, but excessive summer heat diluted flavors and delivered open-textured wines
2009 91 Drink or hold Many balanced wines emerged from a challenging vintage, with many in a lighter style
2008 94 Drink or hold Cool growing conditions led to even ripening, with wines full of finesse
2007 96 Drink Yields down by 20 percent, but ideal harvest weather delivered optimal ripeness
2006 90 Drink Summer heat made for an early harvest, with lighter-style reds showing balance
2005 94 Drink Warm weather, with even ripening during harvest, made balanced and powerful reds
2004 93 Drink Ideal growing season; rich wines with polished tannins and concentrated flavors
2003 91 Drink Record heat; big, ripe, powerful wines with up-front appeal
2002 81 Drink Harvest rains cut quality; top producers fared well by harvesting early
2001 89 Drink Cool summer weather fostered even ripening; wines have good acidity
2000 94 Drink Small yields, but many exceptional wines made as a new wave emerged in Douro
¹ Vintage Description from Wine Spectator

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