Ribera Del Duero Vintage Chart

Sometimes staring at a bunch of wines can be overwhelming. One, almost, surefire way to find a decent wine is to go by the “vintage” or year the wine was made.  I compiled a few things together here from the Wine Spectator and also from the Region’s regulatory body in order to create a reliable “Vintage Chart” that will help you find a wine you are likely to enjoy.

Vintage Score DOCA Classification Description
2010 90-93 Excellent Ripe yet balanced, with good acidity and firm structures
2009 91 Excellent Ripe wines, with moderate structures and fresh acidity
2008 87 Very Good Balanced, polished wines, with bright fruit and fresh acidity
2007 87 Very Good Cool season gave fresh wines, tender and expressive
2006 88 Good Firm, with ripe fruit and good balance
2005 95 Very Good Assertive wines with chewy tannins; the best have great depth
2004 96 Excellent Powerful yet balanced wines, with deep, pure fruit
2003 89 Very Good Scorching heat gave ripeness; cool nights kept wines fresh
2002 85 Very Good Warm summer, rainy harvest; firm structure, with mineral and earth
2001 94 Excellent Powerful wines, with ripe fruit, good balance and great aging potential
2000 92 Very Good Balanced, elegant and complex
1999 84 Excellent Ripe grapes, rainy harvest. Best wines are fruity and balanced
¹ Vintage Description from Wine Spectator

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